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The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Salida High School have named twenty-six participants to the activities season D Individual Academic All-State team for 2020-21.

The twenty-six student-athletes received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in the activity’s arena. CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green has announced that twenty-three of these Spartan students earned first team honors and three were named to honorable mention.

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The list of Salida High students earning First Team Honors are: Kuper Banghart, Hollister Beddingfield, Kai Brown, Aaron Morgan, Elijah Wilcox, Mya Rollo, Toby Lawson, Rachel Pelino, Jayda Winkler, Kate Adams, Amelia Capozza, Lily Lengerich, Macy Mazzeo, Peyton Oswald, Maddison Anderson, Allyna Bright, Brooke Bright, Caroline Edgington, Annalee Hill, Raley Patch, Lydia Tonneson, , Evan Wright, and Zachary Yeakley. Honorable mention honors went to Quinn Burkley, Jonah Ellis, and Vivian Volkmann.

First team honors are given to those students with 3.60 or higher grade point average. Students with grade point averages 3.30 to 3.59 earned honorable mention recognition.

Each student receives a certificate in acknowledgement of their achievement. Now in its 25th year, the Academic All-State program has recognized thousands of students throughout the state in the three sports seasons.

“The Academic All-State program continues to showcase the impressive students we have in our programs. This program is one of 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 greater success in life. A Colorado study shows that the average participant in our state holds a 3.06 grade point average. Interscholastic activities are a critical ingredient in the education of our young people,” said Blanford-Green.

To earn Academic All-State status, a student must be a significant contributor on their athletic team, or a major contributor in their activity; meet specific academic criteria of the program; be a participant in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activities; and be a junior or senior in academic standing.