Two Santana High School teams were among the top-achieving fall high school athletic teams honored by CIF San Diego this week for their high grades.
Santana boys water polo and girls golf teams achieved an averge GPA across the team of 3.61 and 3.51 respectively, with top scholars Griffin Rizzo (4.76), Casey Lenihan (3.8) and Emma Williams (3.8) earning special recognition.
These teams proved the Santana motto: "Scholars and Champions."
The Mission Federal Credit Union All Academic Teams honor the school teams in each sport and region with the highest, combined, unweighted grade point average. From each of those nearly 40 teams, Cymer honored the junior or senior team member with the highest, cumulative high school grade point average. A total of 670 male and female athletes comprise the 38 All Academic teams. The 38 Cymer Scholars have a cumulative high school grade point average of 4.33.
“These are great students and teams,” said CIF San Diego Section Commissioner Jerry Schniepp, “and we’re thrilled to have the support of Mission Fed and Cymer to honor them. High school athletes that also excel in the classroom are among the finest young people in this community. They deserve every bit of recognition we can provide.
The El Capitan High School field hockey team was also recognized with an average GPA of 3.19, and outstanding scholar Katie Davidson, with a 4.61 GPA.
“We congratulate and recognize Cymer Scholar Athletes for their commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Ed Brown, president and chief operating officer at Cymer.
“We wish each and every award recipient continued success, and look forward to the leadership roles they will play in the years to come on and off the field.”
This year’s recognition honored five times as many teams as in the past. In prior years, one team per sport was selected for the entire San Diego Section.
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