Area students balance school, sports

Hannah Tredway had a goal.

By entering an International Baccalaureate Program and maintaining a solid grade-point average, she
could get into almost any college she wanted in a couple of years.

“That’s one of the reasons I made the move,” she said after transferring from Gunnison High School, which does not have the program, to Palisade during the summer.

It’s been a good move for Tredway, albeit a challenging one.

A junior, she’s taking eight classes. In addition, Tredway went out for the Bulldogs’ softball team this fall.
She’s been successful at both.

Academically, Tredway is maintaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA despite the advanced studies program.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Colorado High School Activities Association. She is one of 76 School District 51 students who have achieved Academic All-State first-team status for the fall.

“It’s hard as far as learning to manage your time,” Tredway said of balancing the books and softball.

She spent many a return road trip with her nose buried in a book, reading or highlighting noteworthy passages from a text book.

She’s certainly not the only District 51 student to have figured out how to achieve that balance.

CHSAA released its list this month of its fall individual academic state champions, and District 51 did well.

Fruita Monument had the most students earning first-team distinction with 29.

Central had the most students overall with 19 first-team selections and 27 who garnered honorable mention distinction.

Palisade had 20 student-athletes earn first-team honors and Grand Junction eight.

CHSAA announces its academic state champions at the end of each athletic season.

The criteria are that only juniors and seniors are eligible for academic all-state honors.

In order to be selected as a first-team all-state academic, a student-athlete must have a 3.6 cumulative
grade point average or higher.

They must be a participant in a CHSAA-sanctioned activity during the current season and be a varsity letter winner or the activity equivalent.

Student-athletes with cumulative grades points between 3.30 and 3.59 are given honorable mention citation.

CHSAA will announce its fall academic team state champions later this year.


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