The CIF banners recognizing the highest GPA in the state in each sport are a special recognition as there is just one overall winner in each sport. We have been successful in this area and last year produced three champions. Men's Soccer, Women's and Men's Lacrosse now have their names hanging with the others under the south basket in the Gym, a wall section of CIF color. They were also part of yesterday's rally.

The NCS academic pennants from last year have been hung and we finished third in the Section for the overall Academic-Athletic Elmer Brown Award. Over the last four years we have been 3rd, 1st, 3rd, and 1st, the strongest result for any school in the NCS and the only local school to achieve such a result. Last year, the NBL switched its sportsmanship award from being a vote of coaches to a combination of grade point averages, team results, and ejections. For the only time, one school won all six awards from the three seasons, three male and three female; our school, Cardinal Newman High School, despite the incredible disruption of the fires, four sites, and adjusted facility. No better example can prove the effort and work of our students, setting a standard for Sonoma County. With the new NBL set up, there will only be one award each season, combining female and male team results. While we cannot win six pennants again, we will try for three.

All of our teams aspire to Honor Roll status, which requires team gpa's of 3.0 unweighted or better. The top three teams in each Division receive a pennant from NCS. Individuals can be recognized as NCS Scholar-Athletes with a 3.5 unweighted GPA and NCS President Scholar-Athletes, a new level, with a 3.8 unweighted GPA. Students playing sports must success in their classwork to be at their best, which is what all of us hope for them.

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