High School earns NYSPHSAA ‘2021-22 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award’


scholar athlete plaqueMinisink Valley High School is one of 12 Section IX schools to be named a 2021-22 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor.  Statewide, 148 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.

“We’re thrilled to see the high school included in this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan.  “Our students, teachers, coaches and Athletic Department staff work very hard to ensure our students’ academic success and achievement.”

To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.  Minisink Valley will be awarded a plaque at its local athletic director workshop.

NYSPHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete team award was initiated in the 1991-92 school year. The School of Distinction Award was established in 2002-03 while the School of Excellence Award began in 2016-17.

“The School of Excellence and School of Distinction Awards highlight the best student-athletes in New York State,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, adding being honored is a testament to the state’s the outstanding leadership and student-athletes.