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CHAPEL HILLóOver 5,300 individual awards have been earned by students for the spring semester from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for 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.
A total of 3,190 student-athletes earned the individual Scholar-Athlete award, and 155 varsity teams in sports captured team honors.
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.
In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate from the Association honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad will also receive a certificate. A total of 2,156 individual awards were given in this category.
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.
Seven different schools took top honors in respectivesports, paced by the outstanding 3.879 grade point average by the womenís soccer team at John Holmes High School in Edenton. One of the newest high schools in the state, Jesse Carson in Rowan County, captured first place in menís tennis.
"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 succeeding in the classroom."
The Scholar-Athlete program recognized almost 20,000 individuals during the course of the 2006-2007 academic year. This recognition has been a part of the NCHSAA program for over 20 years.
NCHSAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM AWARD WINNERS
NCHSAA Spring Sports 2007
SPORT SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Softball Southern Guilford 3.735
Baseball West Stanly 3.730
Men's Tennis Jesse Carson 3.750
Women's Soccer Edenton John Holmes 3.879
Men's Track Southwest Guilford 3.530
Women's Track Avery County 3.754
Menís Golf Jack Britt 3.610