To recognize academic excellence coupled with athletic participation, the New York State Public High School Athletic Assoc. sponsors an award based on a team concept of academic achievement, intended to be an incentive for all team members to raise their individual GPA to positively affect their team’s success. Scholar-Athlete teams must be a Varsity team, with the minimum Team Composite Grade Average of 90 percent for 75 percent of the roster. Each individual with a 90 percent or higher individual GPA qualifies for this award and receives a recognition pin while the school receives a certificate for display.
If a team does not meet the Scholar-Athlete team criteria, the individuals with GPA greater than or equal to 90 percent are eligible to receive a pin.
Penn Yan Academy fall 2017 teams that received awards were: Varsity Boys Cross Country (Coach Rick Smith), Varsity Girls Cross Country (Coach Rick Smith), Varsity Fall Cheerleading (Coach Hannah Morris), Varsity Girls Tennis (Coach Nate Kraemer), Varsity Boys Soccer (Coach Jon MacKerchar), Varsity Girls Soccer (Coach Kyle Nelson), and Varsity Volleyball (Coach Eileen Wunder).
Individual awards were presented to athletes on the Varsity Golf and Varsity Football teams.