Schreiber athletes honored for academics

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The New York Public High School Athletic Association has named Paul D. Schreiber High School a Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction award winner for the sixth consecutive year.

Schreiber has earned the honor for eight of the last nine years, and was one of 19 New York schools to receive the award for 2016-17.

The distinction is presented to schools with varsity teams that have all achieved a cumulative GPA of 90 percent or higher.

Schreiber’s teams tied for the second-highest GPA of the award winners, with its girls tennis team leading the way with a 96.8 GPA.

“The School of Distinction is a tribute to our outstanding student athletes and the commitment they make to academics and athletics,” said Stephanie Joannon, director of health, physical education and athletics. “Our varsity athletes represent this community with a high level of pride and purpose. They are fine representatives of Port Washington.”

The distinction program, which began in 1991-92, was created to honor schools that effectively emphasize the importance of academic success with their student-athletes, according to a news release.

“Scholarship and sportsmanship are two areas that we emphasize when our students take the field,” said Superintendent of Schools Kathleen A. Mooney. “This year, we had conference and division winning teams and athletes who received individual accolades at the state and local level. Some of our coaches were also honored with awards from their peers. And, we have many students announce they will participate in athletics at the collegiate level. Our athletic program has established a wonderful balance between competitive spirit and commitment to studies.”

In November, five Schreiber athletes signed national letters of intent to play sports in college.

Lily Avazis, Brian Crawley, Molly Fetherston, Madeline Lavin and Rachel Rosen all committed to play next year.

Avazis is going to play for the East Carolina University women’s lacrosse team, and Fetherston and Rosen will play lacrosse at Adelphi and Penn State universities.

Crawley is going to play lacrosse at Fairfield University and Levin is going to row crew at the University of North Carolina.

“More Schreiber student-athletes are being recognized by quality collegiate programs, which is a testament to the athletic department, the Schreiber faculty and leadership, and our community for its support,” Mooney said.

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