Now in its ninth year, the Academic All-State program honors students for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in the activities arena. Each student receives a certificate in acknowledgement of his or her achievement.
"To qualify, the students have to meet some rigorous criteria," said Telluride Athletic Director Mike Hughes.
To earn Academic All-State status, a student must be a significant contributor on his or her athletic team, meet specific academic criteria of the program, be a participant in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activities, and be a junior or senior in academic standings.
"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," said CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader. "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."
"This is one of the greatest honors a student-athlete can achieve," added Hughes. "It shows their dedication to both their academics and extra curricular activities."
The list of honored students and their coaches includes:
Soccer – Coaches Cam Capurso and Adam Vanderven; Students Charlie Cohn, Will Hunt, George Knowles, and Dawson White
Volleyball – Coaches James McCutcheon and Tristam Cunningham; Students Lily Colter, Tori Eidsmo, Chelse Goldsworthy, Genna Kirsch, Kelsey McCreedy, Traci Ranta, Sutton Schuler, and Carly Smith
Spirit/Cheer – Coaches Liza DiGiglio-Huet and Rayna Hale; Students Rebecca Erickson, Kelsey McCreedy, Tori Eidsmo, David Nepsky, and Sutton Schuler
Student Council – Sponsors Lynn Gershman and Caitlin Colby; Students Sutton Schuler, Riley McIntyre, Tracy Ranta, and Lily Sullivan
Golf – Coach Stu McCreedy; Students Chris Dalton, Matt Ludwig and Bailey Mallette
Five fall THS activities qualified for the Team Academic Championship and will be honored in August. To qualify, teams need to have an average GPA of 3.2 or higher. THS's qualifying teams include student council (3.73 GPA), volleyball (3.70 GPA), spirit/cheer (3.53 GPA), boys soccer (3.51 GPA), and boys golf (3.43 GPA).
"A great deal of credit needs to go out to the staff at THS for pushing our students academically, our coaches for helping our student-athletes achieve in and out of the competitive arena and to the parents of these young people who are obviously instilling the values that it takes to achieve high levels of success," said Hughes.