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Six programs at John F. Kennedy High School earn 3.0 GPA or above; North Marion, Gervais, St. Paul represented as well

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - The Kennedy and Gervais girls basketball teams tied for 6th among 2A programs in GPA during the winter term with 3.71. From left, Ellie Cantu (Kennedy), Sophia Carley (Kennedy), Araceli Vasquez (Gervais), Isabel Vasquez (Gervais).Classrooms may be shut down through April, but the dedicated student athletes in northern Marion County showed how much they could get done during the winter terms following the release of the 2019-20 Winter Academic All-State teams.

Programs from Kennedy, Gervais, St. Paul and North Marion showed they could balance academics and high-level competition during the winter season, earning a 3.0 GPA or higher to score points for their school in the annual OSAA Cup standings.

The OSAA Cup began in 1999 as a way to recognize overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics. Schools earn points based on their participation and placement in OSAA activities and for making the Academic All-State Team by finishing in the top 10 GPA of their respective sport and classification. Teams that fall outside of the top 10, but still earn a 3.0 GPA or higher receive points as well.

This past winter, John F. Kennedy High School — the four-time 2A OSAA Cup Champion — placed four programs on the Academic All-State team, with two others earning 3.0 GPAs or higher, but falling outside the top 10.

The Kennedy girls swim program had the highest finish in the school, both in GPA (3.84) and placement (fourth).

North Marion High School was not far behind, with both boys basketball and swimming landing in the top 10, while girls basketball, girls swimming and cheer finished above 3.0 GPA.

Gervais High School was represented by the girls basketball program, which finished tied with Kennedy for sixth among 2A programs with a 3.71 GPA.

St. Paul High School's boys and girls basketball programs both earned GPAs above 3.5 for the term, but fell outside of the top 10 in the 1A Classification.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Noah Wierstra and the North Marion boys basketball team had the fifth-best GPA in the state among 4A programs at a robust 3.51 during the winter term.

Boys Basketball

4A

North Marion — 3.51, 5th

2A

Kennedy — 3.45, 10th

1A

St. Paul — 3.55, 11th

Girls Basketball

4A

North Marion — 3.49, 21st

2A

Gervais — 3.71, 6th

Kennedy — 3.71, 6th

1A

St. Paul — 3.70, 14th

Boys Swimming

4A/3A/2A/1A

Kennedy — 3.55, 7th

North Marion — 3.52, 9th

Girls Swimming

4A/3A/2A/1A

Kennedy — 3.84, 4th

North Marion — 3.61, 14th

Wrestling

2A/1A

Kennedy — 3.04, 16th

Cheer

6A/5A/4A/3A/2A/1A

North Marion — 3.38, 24th

Kennedy — 3.20, 53rd


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