PENN YAN—Scholar Athlete Team Awards were presented to students at Penn Yan Academy Dec. 11. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) offers the awards because it believes that the athletic field of competition is an extension of the classroom. In an effort to recognize academic excellence coupled with athletic participation, NYSPHSAA, Inc. sponsors the award, based on a team concept of academic achievement, intended to be an incentive for all team members to raise their individual grade point averages to positively affect their team’s success. Scholar Athlete teams must be a Varsity team with the minimum team composite grade average of 90 percent, based on a designated number of team members for each sport. Each individual who qualifies for this award receives a recognition pin while the school receives a certificate for display.