The Colorado High School Activities Association announced that six Steamboat Springs high school teams and 69 high school juniors and seniors have been named All-State Academic champions or team members for the 2003 fall season.
In order for a team to be given CHSAA's Fall Academic Team Championship award, the unweighted group grade-point average must be at least 3.20.
The Sailors cross country team maintained its standard of academic excellence by leading the way for all Sailors sports teams with a team GPA of 3.59. Also winning academic team championship awards were Steamboat volleyball (3.55), Steamboat boys tennis (3.45), Steamboat dance (3.37), Steamboat cheerleading (3.28) and Steamboat boys golf (3.21).
As part of the Academic All-State program, the Team Academic Champions program was created to recognize those teams or groups that maintain high academic standards, regardless of win-loss record.
Each team or group that meets the established criteria will receive certificates for its members.
On Tuesday, CHSAA also recognized 69 Steamboat area students as either first-team or honorable mention All-State Academic team members.
To earn Academic All-State status from CHSAA, a student must be a significant contributor to his or her athletic team, be a major contributor in his or her activity, meet specific academic criteria and be a junior or senior.
Fifty Steamboat-area students were named first-team All-State selections by meeting the criteria, while maintaining individual GPAs of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Nineteen Steamboat area students were named honorable mention All-State athletes for maintaining a GPA between 3.3 and 3.59.
Each student will receive a certificate acknowledging his or her achievement.
In its 10th year, CHSAA's Academic All-State program has recognized thousands of students throughout Colorado during the fall, winter and spring sports and activity seasons.
"This program is just one of a few that honors those special individuals who have succeeded in the classroom as well as in their chosen activities," CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader said in a statement. "We know through a myriad of research that those students who participate in high school activities are more likely to remain in school, miss fewer days and enjoy greater success in life. A Colorado study shows that the average participant in our state holds a 3.06 grade-point average. Interscholastic activities are a critical ingredient in the education of our young people."