CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Area schools Jay M. Robinson High School and Northwest Cabarrus High School earned NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards for their performances in the classroom as well on the field. The Jay M. Robinson men’s cross country team was given the first semester award for the 2014-15 school year. Northwest Cabarrus cheerleading obtained the most overall points in the state with 3,960.
Almost 21,000 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 field.
The NCHSAA made the awards in its Scholar-Athlete program presented by the North Carolina National Guard, 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 2014, a total of 10,036 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 681 varsity teams and 10,790 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.
North Davidson led the way with five teams earning top honors in their respective sports.
“We are extremely proud of the achievements of the students involved in our Scholar-Athlete program and are grateful to the North Carolina National Guard for its involvement,” 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.”