The Colorado High School Activities Association recognized the tradition of Moffat County High School academics and athletics for the fall naming 19 first-team All-State academic athletes.
"We encourage our students to be involved in extracurricular activities," said Moffat County Athletics Director Jim Loughran. "We're proud of how many honors our student-athletes received."
According to CHSAA, the students received honors for excellence in the classroom as well in athletics. Along with 19 first-team recipients there were also 10 honorable mention athletes.
To be named to the first team an athlete must maintain a 3.6 grade point average, be a junior, be a letter winner in an activity and must participate in a CHSAA-sponsored activity during the certain season. Bulldogs earning this honor were Steven Crisp, Anthony Loughran, Angela Nelson and Amelia Parker in cross country. Michael Babb, Nick Lee, Kellan Moore, Kyle Morris, Jason Mosher and Aaron Sanchez earned honors in football. John Beckerman and Kelby Virden were recognized in golf. Soccer players Rowan DuBois and Derrick Thompson were named, and Sheena Davis, Brittany Hutton, Stephanie Kloos, Lauren Stover and Brandie Telfer were volleyball players named to the team.
Honorable mention honors are awarded to students with a 3.30 GPA as well as the other three requirements for a first team honoree. Moffat County athletes earning the honor were Justin Ellgen and Camillia Bird in cross country. Shea Carr and Nick Goodenow were honored on the gridiron. Kaleb Brown, Tyler Laib and Billy Richards were named on the soccer team. Volleyball players earning the honor were MaRanda Camilletti, Natalie Field and Ashlee Hafey.
Students received a certificate in acknowledgement of their achievements.
Now in its ninth year, the Academic All-State program recognizes thousands of students throughout the state in three sport seasons.
"The Academic All-State program continues to showcase the impressive students we have in our programs," said CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader. "This program is one of just a few that honors those special individuals who have succeeded in the classroom, as well as in their chosen activities.
"We know through a myriad of research that those students who participate in high school activities are more likely to remain in school, miss fewer days, and enjoy great success in life. A Colorado study shows that the average participant in the state holds a 3.06 grade point average."
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