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CHAPEL HILL—Over 10,000 individual awards have been given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom as well as on the playing court or athletic field.
The NCHSAA made the awards in its Scholar-Athlete program, which includes recognition of varsity teams which attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.
Individual Scholar-Athletes attained at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester in which he or she competed. The award is based on first semester grades for fall and winter sports and second semester grades for spring sports, and the school submits the nomination form verifying the grade point average on behalf of the athlete or team.
For the fall semester of 2006, a total of 5,694 student-athletes were nominated by NCHSAA member schools and qualified for this award.
In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA on a straight 4.0 scale for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate from the NCHSAA honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad receives a certificate. A total of 325 varsity teams and 4,619 individual athletes from across the state achieved this distinction.
A minimum of five individuals is necessary to constitute a team, and all team members must be included in figuring the team GPA. The team achieving the highest grade point average in the state in its particular sport and submitting its application by the appropriate deadline receives a plaque commemorating that achievement.
Greensboro Page captured top honors in four different sports while South Rowan had three teams and Forbush two teams to earn a state award. South Rowan teams in women’s basketball and wrestling and Page in women’s golf also won these same awards last year.
"We are very proud of the achievements of the students involved in our Scholar-Athlete program," said Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA. "We think this is definite proof that we have a tremendous number of athletes that are playing sports and also succeeding in the classroom."
NCHSAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM AWARD WINNERS
Fall and Winter Sports (Fall Semester 2006)
Alexander Central Football 3.100
Forbush Volleyball 3.757
Forbush Men's Swimming 3.644
West Rowan Women's Cross Country 3.950
Page Women's Golf 3.880
Page Women's Tennis 3.934
Page Cheerleading 3.769
Page Women's Swimming 3.837
Highland Tech Men's Soccer 3.429
South Rowan Men's Cross Country 3.667
South Rowan Wrestling 3.469
South Rowan Women's Basketball 3.777
N.C. Science & Math Men's Basketball 3.416
Surry Central Women's Indoor Track 3.788
West Forsyth Men's Indoor Track 3.585