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GW's 2010-11 soccer teams earn national academic awards

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Both the 2010-11 boys and girls varsity soccer teams at George Washington High School earned national academic awards for their high GPAs.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized GW High School as a double honoree for the 2010-11 school year because both its teams received the NSCAA Team Academic Award. The school was one of 60 in the country to earn the duel designation.

To qualify for the team academic award, a team must have an average GPA of 3.25 or higher and have a coach who is a current member of the association, said Pat Madden, a programs coordinator with the association who deals with the awards.

The NSCAA doesn't rank the qualifying schools based on GPA because some high schools grade on a weighted scale and others don't, Madden said.

The GW boys team had a cumulative GPA of 4.03, which is tied for the fourth-highest GPA on a list of 135 award winners.

The 2010-11 girls team had a cumulative GPA of 3.96, tying for 31st on a list of 215 teams.

"We're very proud of them," GW Athletic Director Shawn Wheeler said. "They've made the honor several times, and it's just a show of our kids performing both on the field and off [the] field."


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