High school named NYSPHSAA 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award winner

NYSPHSAA logoMinisink Valley High School has been named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award winner.

The School of Excellence Awards, and the companion School of Distinction awards, recognize the academic success of scholar-athletes.

To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. For the 2019-20 school year, School of Excellence winners were based on fall 2019 and winter 2020 Scholar-Athlete submissions because the spring 2020 program was cancelled.

This is the first time in many years that Minisink Valley has received a School of Excellence designation and is one of only 140 schools statewide to earn this status.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this distinguished designation,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult. “This represents our coaches’ and Warrior student-athletes’ ongoing commitment to academic excellence and achievement. Congratulations to our teams for their academic tenacity while they honorably represented Minisink Valley —  and our community —  on the courts, fields and tracks and in the pools.”

Team/ GPA

  • Competition Cheerleading – 94.032
  • Girls’ Cross Country – 93.999
  • Girls Basketball – 93.961
  • Volleyball – 93.433
  • Girls’ Soccer – 93.191
  • Girls Tennis – 92.915
  • Girls’ Indoor Track – 92.350
  • Boys’ Basketball – 92.250
  • Game Day Cheerleading – 91.710**
  • Boys’ Soccer – 91.546
  • Boys’ Swimming/Diving – 91.157
  • Boys’ Cross Country – 90.824
  • Girls Swimming/Diving – 90.757

**Game Day Cheerleading is considered a NYSPHAA emerging sport but included in Minisink Valley’s calculations.

“We continue to be proud of this program which highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, said in a statement. “The fact that so many student-athletes thrived in the face of a pandemic this past winter is truly remarkable.”