CKSD athletes noted for scholarly achievements

Central Kitsap area athletes have been recognized in another arena — the classroom.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently named Its Distinguished and Outstanding Scholar teams for fall sports.

Distinguished Scholars designations were given to teams with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49.

Olympic’s boys and girls basketball teams, boys swimming, girls bowling, cheer squad, cross country, girls soccer, girls swimming and volleyball teams earned a 3.0-3.49.

“We encourage kids to balance athletics and academics,” said Robert Polk, athletic director for Olympic.

“They’re student-athletes with the emphasis on the student,” he said.

Several Central Kitsap High School teams were named to the distinguished list as well. Its football, girls swimming, cross country and boys tennis teams received the designation.

CK’s cheer squad, volleyball and girls soccer team earned a outstanding designation with average GPA of 3.5 or higher.

John Sitton, CK’s athletic director called the accomplishment a community effort. Athletes undergo grade checks every two weeks. There are tutoring programs available for students.

The WIAA Scholastic Award program seeks to recognize and reward those teams or groups that maintain a high collective academic standard.

It is open to varsity or sub-varsity sports teams, activity squads such as dance, drill and cheer squads, and fine arts groups such as bands, choirs, orchestras, dramatic troupes and forensics teams.

The schools receive a certificate, listing the team’s accomplishment. Students can purchase an insignia for $1 each to place on their letter jacket.

Individual certificates can also be purchased.

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