Balancing books, athletics

58 Steamboat Springs High School athletes earn Academic All-State honors

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Steamboat's all-state academic athletes

First team: Katy Gary, Erin Gleason, Lauren Marias, Lizzie Stoll, Mataya Flaharty, Leigh Thielen, Melissa Walsh, Tina Weeden, Courtney Adamo, Michael Badaracca, Sam Chovan, Kelsey Pal, Annabelle McLean, Cameron Niswander, Alyssa Walter, Dunyang Wang, Ramsey Bernard, Andrew Hoing, Tyler Hutson, Dylan Roberts, Taylor Miller-Freutel, Bailey Moore, Mark Shenfield, Breanne Murray, Lauren Letson, Greg Ingalls, Nicole Rende, Michael Lyon, Bryce Peters, Jace Bonner, Tucker Campbell, Jeff Dawes, Matt Lettunich, Joey Melius, Lane Shipley, Tanner Stillwell, Liz Handing, Sara Handing, Amanda Luchini, Paul Berry, Kenyon Brenner, Cameron Fritz, Billy Taylor and Michael Weston.

Honorable mention: Heidi Lord, Brian Burger, Hannah Fete, David Comeau, Lewis Cutter, Miguel Lomeli, Kevin King, Robert Sorenson, Ahmad Akkad, Wiley Button, Nigel Hammond, Aaron Hornstein, Christie Good and Tyler Ostrom.

— For 12 years the Colorado High School Activities Association has recognized thousands of students across the state for balancing academics with athletics.

For the 2006 fall season, CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader named 58 Steamboat Springs High School upperclassmen to Academic All-State teams - 44 to first-team honors and 14 to the honorable mention team. Students with grade-point averages of 3.6 or better were named to the All-Academic First Team, and students with grade-point averages of 3.3 to 3.59 were named to the All-Academic Honorable Mention team.

"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," Reader said. "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."

With 3.06 as the average, nine of Steamboat's fall sports teams - cheerleading, softball, girls and boys cross-country, football, tennis, golf, volleyball and student council - qualified for the Team Academic Champions program by achieving unweighted group GPAs of at least 3.2. The Student Council's group GPA of 3.8 topped Steamboat's fall activities, followed by volleyball (3.65) and boys golf (3.6).

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