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04/05/2007: Winners Of The 2007 CIF Southern Section Academic Awards Announced

The winners of the annual CIF Southern Section Academic Awards program have been announced, with Santa Barbara High School winning first place in Girls Swimming, Girls Track and Field, and Boys Volleyball.


Other SBHS teams receiving Academic Honors include:


Second Place:  Boys Swimming, Boys Track and Field
Third Place:  Girls Volleyball
Other teams in the top 10: Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Boys Water Polo and Boys Soccer

The team awards, based on a cumulative grade point average, are awarded in 22 sports.

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 2006-07 school year. The highest team GPA in each sport

determines the winner. Schools are divided into two enrollment categories, 1500 and above and 1499 and below. The team with the highest GPA in each enrollment category for each sport receives the award. 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 entitled to name a male and a female “Student-Athlete-of-the-

Year” as well. Recipients of the individual awards must be seniors that 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.).


The Academic Awards program is sponsored by the Anaheim Angels and Toyota. Team

winners are honored at a pre-game ceremony before the April 23rd Anaheim Angels game.

Nineteen of the 22 SBHS varsity teams had a GPA of 3.0 or higher in non-weighted and college prep classes only.

Individual winners of the CIF scholar athlete awards were Dominique Yahyavi and Kristen Franz.  Both students have never received a grade less than an A in any class, and both are very involved in the community and student government.  Both have played two sports at SBHS, and both are captains and members of the Captain’s Council at Santa Barbara High.

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