The 2017-2018 school year marked the 22nd year of recognition by the South Dakota High School Activities Association of athletic and fine arts groups for academic excellence.
Winner High School groups honored are: girls track and field, student council, large group band, large group chorus, boys track and field, yearbook and girls golf team.
Colome group honored was girls track and field team.
Any varsity athletic team or fine arts group achieving a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher is eligible to receive the SDHSAA academic achievement team award.
Numerous independent studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and major universities continue to demonstrate that students who are involved in interscholastic fine arts and athletic activities tend to have higher grades in school, have better school attendance, and have fewer disciplinary problems than non-participating students.
These studies clearly show that high school students learn valuable lessons and lifetime skills, not only inside the classroom, but also through their participation in fine arts programs and school athletics.