North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Scholar-athlete Winners Named By NCHSAA


CHAPEL HILL — Over 9,000 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 2009, a total of 5,212 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 4,568 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.

Surry Central grabbed three team awards while Cox Mill, Weddington, and West Wilkes each won two team awards.

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


Fall and Winter Sports (Fall Semester 2009)

Surry Central Football 3.210

Ashe County Volleyball 3.790

Mt Pleasant Cheerleading 3.650

Challenger Men’s Soccer 3.820

McDowell Men’s Swimming 3.730

Cox Mill Women’s Cross Country 3.820

Weddington Men’s Cross Country 3.680

Cox Mill Women’s Golf 3.700

Ashe County, Salisbury (tie) Women’s Tennis 3.890

South Rowan Women’s Swimming 3.770

Hoggard Wrestling 3.200

West Wilkes Women’s Basketball 3.820

Alexander Central Men’s Basketball 3.510

Surry Central Women’s Indoor Track 3.700

Weddington, West Wilkes (tie) Men’s Indoor Track 3.350