Queensbury High School has been named a 2022-23 School of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
To earn the School of Excellence award, 75% of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award, meaning the roster’s total grade point average must be 90 or above.
This is Queensbury’s seventh consecutive year as an NYSPHSAA School of Excellence.
“We’re obviously very proud of our overall program, the combination of academics and extracurriculars,” said Richard Keys, Queensbury’s athletic director. “It takes a great deal of discipline, commitment and dedication to compete in a varsity sports program while maintaining that high of an academic standard.”
To be eligible to receive these prestigious awards, schools must submit an application following the spring scholar-athlete submission each school year. Schools can also apply for School of Distinction status by having 100% of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons.
The purpose of the awards is to unite athletic departments in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor. This year, 84 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 219 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.
Winning schools will receive their commemorative awards at their local athletic director workshop this fall.
“The School of Excellence and School of Distinction Awards exemplify the mission of NYSPHSAA, education through interscholastic athletics,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. “It is amazing to see the commitment to academic excellence from the schools, administrators, coaches and student-athletes.”