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Local athletes excel in the classroom

The athletes at St. Helens High School have given new weight to the phrase “student-athletes.” In a report released on Nov. 7, the Lions dominated the Dairy Farmers of Oregon awards for the highest grade point averages in the state. Both the football and volleyball teams finished first in Class 5A, with an average 3.53 and 3.88 GPA respectively.

“Not only do we have good athletes that demonstrate positive sportsmanship and behavior, but they are showing off their intelligence as well,” said Cyndy Miller, director of athletics at St. Helens. “Congratulations to our teams and coaches for putting education as a priority.”

Scappoose High School had success in the classroom as well. The Girls' soccer program finished at the top of Class 4A with a 3.89 GPA, the second-highest GPA of any team in the state. The volleyball team came in second with a 3.82 GPA, and the boys' soccer team finished fifth with a 3.53 GPA.