PIERRE — 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 activities, the SDHSAA announces the following schools and their teams who have received the “Academic Achievement Team Awards” for the 2019-2020 Fall Season.

Area honorees are as follows:

 • Beresford — Boys Cross Country Team, Boys Golf Team, Football Cheerleaders, Football Team, Volleyball Team, Girls Cross Country, Team All-State Chorus

• Bon Homme — Volleyball Team, Oral Interpretation

• Centerville — Volleyball Team, Girls Cross Country Team

• Dakota Valley Volleyball Team, All-State Chorus,Football Cheerleaders, Competitive Dance Team, Competitive Cheer Team, Girls Cross Country Team, Boys Cross Country Team, Football Team, Boys Golf Team, Girls Soccer Team

• Elk Point-Jefferson — Girls Cross Country Team, Boys Cross Country Team, Football Team, Boys Golf Team, Volleyball Team

• Freeman — Oral Interpretation, Volleyball Team

• Gayville-Volin — Oral Interpretation, Football Team, Volleyball Team, Girls Cross Country Team, Football Cheerleaders

• Irene-Wakonda — Football Team, Volleyball Team, Football Cheerleaders, Oral Interpretation, All-State Chorus, Boys Cross Country Team

• Menno — All-State Chorus, Football Team, Girls Cross Country Team, Football Cheerleaders, Volleyball Team, Boys Cross Country Team

• Parker — Volleyball Team

• Scotland — Oral Interpretation, Volleyball Team, Football Cheerleaders, All-State Chorus, Football Team

• Vermillion — Volleyball Team, Girls Soccer Team, Football Cheerleaders, Girls Cross Country Team, Girls Tennis Team

• Viborg-Hurley — Football Team, Volleyball Team, Football Cheerleaders, Oral Interpretation, Boys Cross Country Team, Girls Cross Country Team

• Wagner — All-State Chorus, Girls Cross Country Team, Boys Cross Country Team, Football Team, Football Cheerleaders, Competitive Cheer Team, Oral Interpretation, Volleyball Team

• Yankton — Boys Golf Team, Football Cheerleaders, Boys Cross Country Team, Girls Cross Country Team, Competitive Cheer Team, Competitive Dance Team, Boys Soccer Team, Girls Soccer Team, Girls Tennis Team, All-State Chorus, All-State Orchestra, Oral Interpretation, Volleyball Team

 

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