Local athletes, teams earn academic honors

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LATHAM, N.Y. — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced its fall 2018 Scholar-Athlete teams and individuals.

The Cambridge boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams were named as Scholar-Athlete teams.

The Indians' girls soccer team had 17 Scholar-Athlete individuals to lead all Cambridge teams. The Indians' boys soccer team had 16, while volleyball and golf had eight and two students respectively.

The Hoosick Falls field hockey, girls soccer and boys cross country teams were named as Scholar-Athlete teams.

The Panthers' girls soccer team had 12 Scholar-Athlete individuals to lead all Hoosick Falls teams, while field hockey and boys cross country both had seven students earn the honor.

This is the 27th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-Athlete program, which is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

This fall, NYSPHSAA recognized 3,444 Scholar-Athlete teams and 46,549 individuals. The number of Scholar-Athlete teams increased by 71 compared to fall 2017. A total of 632 schools across the state participated in the Scholar-Athlete program.

To qualify as a Scholar-Athlete team, 75% of a team's roster must have an average GPA of 90 or above.

All student-athletes on the team who earned an individual GPA of 90 or above are considered Scholar-Athlete individuals. If a team did not qualify for the award, student-athletes who earned an individual GPA of 90 or above are still recognized as Scholar-Athlete individuals.

"We would like to congratulate our student-athletes and member schools," said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director in a press release. "We are extremely proud of this program which recognizes the student-athletes who excel in the classroom. We continue to see what hard working and dedicated student-athletes we have in New York each season and this shows how much NYSPHSAA student-athletes are committed to their education."


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