Initiated during the 1996-97 school-year, the SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence. The South Dakota High School Activities Association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways; inside the classroom and outside the classroom – on the stage and/or athletic field. This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is also meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.
All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award. With the completion of all the SDHSAA fall athletic and fine arts activities, the SDHSAA announces that the following teams from the Vermillion School District have received the “Academic Achievement Team Awards” for the 2013-2014 Fall Season:
Girls Cross Country Team, All-State Orchestra, All-State Chorus, Boys Cross Country Team, Volleyball Team, Oral Interpretation, Girls Tennis Team.
All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that participate in Association sponsored activities are eligible for this recognition program. Based on a duplicated count, as reported in the 2012-13 SDHSAA Participation Survey, more than 29,780 students participate in interscholastic athletics and over 28,530 more are involved in fine arts activities. The Academic Team Award program provides high school students with the opportunity to prove they can be overwhelmingly successful in both academics as well as in athletic and fine arts activities.