Jul 13, 2017

Student Before Athlete

North versus central in football

Life as a student athlete is a balancing act.  A lot of students while in school participate in extra curricular activities such as sports. Student athletes are held to a specific standard to make sure their grades do not fall.

Pickerington Schools student athletes are required by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Pickerington Local School District Board of Education to receive at least a 1.75 GPA on the 4.0 GPA scale to continue participation in sports.

Pickerington High School North and Pickerington High School Central athletes make that seem easy. They make being a student priority before being a student athlete, and that shows in their team GPA averages.

For the four grading periods in the 2016-17 school year, the average GPA for individual high school athletes at Pickerington High School Central was 3.459. For Pickerington High School North, that average was 3.513.

PHSC’s female athletes averaged a 3.716 GPA, while male athletes averaged a 3.276. At PHSN, female athletes averaged a 3.724 GPA and males a 3.304.

“These numbers are an indication of the important role of sports and extracurricular activities in the educational process,” said Mark Aprile, Director of Student Activities for the district.

Aprile said the overall academic performance of student athletes is partly an indication of the discipline required to play a sport while also working hard at academics. Student athletes know they must schedule their time wisely in order to juggle both classes and extracurricular activities.

“Athletics are an overall piece of the educational puzzle,” Aprile said. “There is an inaccurate stigma that athletes don’t succeed academically. This data discounts that perception.

The data also shows the top-performing teams at each high school.

For females, the top performers academically at Central were the cross-country, golf, swimming, tennis and bowling teams. At North, the top female teams were tennis, golf, cross country, softball and soccer.

For males, the top performing teams at Central were tennis, cross-country, swimming, golf and soccer. At North, those teams were cross-country, tennis, track, baseball, and swimming.

The district also calculated the average GPAs for each of its athletic teams as groups.

At Central, the average GPA for female teams (as opposed to the average for individual players) was 3.749. The average GPA for male teams was 3.407. At North, those numbers were 3.713 for female teams and 3.334 for male teams.