North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Awards Made In Aaa Scholar-athlete Program


CHAPEL HILL — Over 11,000 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 AAA Scholar-Athlete program, which includes recognition of varsity teams which attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.

Individual AAA 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 2010, a total of 11,002 student-athletes were nominated by NCHSAA member schools and qualified for this award.

In the team division, a varsity team earns AAA 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 a whopping 604 varsity teams and 10,029 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.

Salisbury and Surry Central each had two team winners.

The top three teams in every sport receive a cash award from AAA for their achievement, to be used in their athletic program.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of the students involved in our AAA Scholar-Athlete program,” said Davis Whitfield, NCHSAA commissioner. “This demonstrates that we have a large number of athletes that are playing sports and also succeeding in the classroom.”


Fall and Winter Sports (Fall Semester 2010)

Highland Tech Football 3.380

West Wilkes Volleyball 3.876

Richlands Cheerleading 3.700

Weddington Men’s Soccer 3.570

East Burke Men’s Swimming 3.652

Salisbury Women’s Cross Country 3.880

Salisbury Women’s Swimming 3.930

Ashe County Men’s Cross Country 3.760

South Point Women’s Golf 3.950

North Wilkes Women’s Tennis 3.916

Hayesville Wrestling 3.430

South Rowan Women’s Basketball 3.810

Surry Central Men’s Basketball 3.700

Surry Central Women’s Winter Track 3.680

Northern Guilford Men’s Winter Track 3.600