The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) announced its 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award winners. The purpose of the awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75% of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.
“I’m so proud of our athletes,” said Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “These students are applying the discipline learned on the field of play to their academics and results are incredible. Congratulations to all our student athletes and coaches on this amazing achievement.”
This year, 135 schools in New York State earned the School of Excellence Award. An additional 19 schools received the award compared to 2017-18 school year. This year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools recognized for their academic achievements.
“To see the numbers of schools honored increase again is a true testament the kind of student-athletes were have here in New York State,” said Dr. Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “We continue to be proud of this program that highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics.”