The winners of the annual CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards program were announced April 9, with Villanova Preparatory School of Ojai winning multiple honors.
The team awards, based on a cumulative grade point average, are awarded in 22 sports, both for schools of less than and more than 1,500 enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.
In the smaller enrollment categories, Villanova earned team awards in football (3.51), boys’ golf (3.8), boys’ and girls’ swimming (3.8 and 3.87), girls’ tennis (3.88) and boys’ water polo (3.78). Also earning a team honor was La Salle High School of Pasadena in girls’ cross country (3.91).
To be considered, teams must have a minimum 3.0 GPA average (4.0 scale) in college-prep courses in the first semester of the 2013-14 school year. The highest team GPA in each sport determines the winner.
The first place teams receive a banner to commemorate their achievement. All teams who participate receive Academic Award certificates for their student athletes.
Each CIF-SS member school is also entitled to name a male and a female “Student-Athlete-of-the-Year.” Recipients of the individual awards must be seniors who have maintained a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale) in college-prep courses over the past three years, in addition to earning a letter in at least one varsity sport and participating in extracurricular activities (music, drama, service groups, etc.).
Among participating Catholic schools, individual honors were awarded to: Bishop Amat’s Noelle Quintana Michael Palos; Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Katherine Altmayer; Holy Family’s Hallie Jose; Louisville’s Jill Gaines; Mayfield’s AnneMarie Peacock; Notre Dame Academy’s Meaghan Truman; Notre Dame’s (Sherman Oaks) Michelle Rockey and Daniel Khan; St. Anthony’s Madeleine Roberts and Gereme Viray; St. Bonaventure’s Taryn Morger and Michael Frank; St. John Bosco’s Reid Budrovich; St. Joseph’s (Lakewood) Michele Pennala; and Verbum Dei’s Nicholas Spates.