NYSPHSAA Announces Fall 2016 Scholar-Athlete Teams & Individuals

Date Posted: 12/13/2016
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications

NYSPHSAA Announces Fall 2016 Scholar-Athlete Teams & Individuals

Latham, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is proud to announce its fall 2016 Scholar-Athlete teams. This is the 25th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-Athlete program, which is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

“Congratulations to our member schools and student-athletes,” said Executive Director Robert Zayas. “We continue to be proud of this program which recognizes success in the classroom. We are excited to have the opportunity to expand this program to honor even more students for the academic excellence.”

In July 2016, the NYSPHSAA Central Committee approved numerous changes to the program which included new qualifying criteria and more individual recognition. One change in the new criteria is at least 75% of a team’s roster grade point average (GPA) must average 90.00 or above to earn Scholar-Athlete Team status. Teams who meet this standard are honored with a certificate. Also, new to the program this year is recognizing any individual who receives a 90.00 or above GPA.  Individuals reaching this plateau are honored with a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete pin.

Additionally, NYSPHSAA will now also provide recognition to any individual with a 90.00 or above GPA whose team did not qualify for the team award. These individuals are eligible to receive pins and are considered an Individual Scholar-Athlete. This fall there were 42,535 Individual Scholar-Athlete awards handed out and a total of 2,942 teams who received the Scholar-Athlete Team award.

A School of Excellence Award has also been added to the program which recognizes schools who have 75% of its varsity programs receive the Scholar-Athlete Team Award over the academic school year.  There will no longer be a State Champion recognized in this category.  

The full list of scholar athlete teams for the 2016 Fall season can be found at http://www.nysphsaa.org/Educational-Programs/Scholar-Athletes.

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.