NYSPHSAA announces 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction and Excellence winners

The Broadalbin-Perth volleyball team poses with its Class C regional championship plaque. Broadalbin-Perth had all 16 of its varsity sports teams earn scholar-athlete team awards from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association in 2018-19. As a result, B-P was named a scholar-athlete School of Distinction. (Photo submitted)

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. recently nnounced its 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction and School of Excellence Award winners. The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. This year, 35 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 135 schools earned the School of Excellence Award. 

An additional five schools received the School of Distinction Award and 19 more received the School of Excellence Award compared to 2017-18 school year. This year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools being 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 NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas in a news release. “We continue to be proud of this program that highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics.”

Schools can earn School of Distinction status by having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

Broadalbin-Perth was one of two Section II schools to earn School of Distinction honors, joining Saratoga Central Catholic.

B-P had all 16 of its varsity sports teams earn scholar-athlete team honors in 2018-19.

A total of 18 Section II schools earned School of Excellence Awards.

Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain and Galway were among the Section II schools to earn School of Excellence Awards.

Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville and Galway all had 16 varsity teams earn scholar-athlete team awards during the school year, while Galway had 10 teams honored.

Other Section II school earning School of Excellence awards were Averill Park, Bethlehem, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Glens Falls, Guilderland, Lake George, Loudonville Christian, Maple Hill, Mechanicville, Niskayuna, Queensbury, Schoharie, Schuylerville and Waterford-Halfmoon.

NYSPHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete team award was initiated in 1991-92 school year. The School of Distinction Award was established in 2002-03 while the School of Excellence Award began in 2016-17. All awards are sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan.

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