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NCHSAA names Weddington High top overall school in state
Weddington High School has been recognized with the Exemplary School Award by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
The recognition came during the NCHSAA’s annual meeting on May 3, 2012, at the Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus.
“It is an honor to have received the Exemplary School Award on behalf of the students and teachers of Weddington High School,” said Brad Breedlove, principal at Weddington High School. “There are a lot of high quality schools in the state and to be chosen as the winner of this award means a lot to the stakeholders in the success of our school. The students, teachers and staff, parents and community all have worked very hard and are all well deserving and very proud to have received the Exemplary School recognition.”
The award is given as a cooperative venture among the NCHSAA, the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association. In addition to a trophy and a banner for display at the schools, Weddington High School also received a $1,000 cash award.
“We are going to use this money for the continuation of the improvement of our facilities,” Breedlove said.
The Exemplary School Award recognizes the top overall school in the state in terms of the “total program,” including but not limited to athletic success, scope of athletic opportunities offered, facilities, community interest and involvement and academics.
Davis Whitfield, NCHSAA commissioner, said Weddington has set itself apart during the 2011-12 academic year by earning this prestigious award. "We applaud their commitments in the areas of sportsmanship and overall excellence,” he said.
The school had all of its varsity teams, during the fall and winter seasons of this academic year, earn AAA Scholar-Athlete honors, and all Weddington teams earned team awards last year. The school offers 24 sports and 36 different teams, and recognizes its own all-academic athletic team at the school.
The school’s track teams have also been recognized with the AAA Scholar Team Award.
“Our track team has the highest GPA of any other track team in the state regardless of school classification,” Breedlove said. “WHS was given $250 for this award. In addition, our girls’ lacrosse team was recognized as placing second in the AAA Scholar Team Award for Lacrosse (WHS given $100) and our boys’ golf team placed third in the AAA Scholar Team Awards for golf (WHS was given $75). So all in all, WHS was given $1,450 for the overall success of our school and athletic program.”
Many of the teams are involved in community service projects, including Serve for the Cure, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and a book drive that collected over 3,000 books for a local elementary school.
In terms of its facilities, Weddington has recently resurfaced its track and tennis courts, was awarded a $5,000 grant from Home Depot to be used on the softball field, and has had Eagle Scout projects completed on campus to enhance the athletic complex.
The process of selection for the award is a multi-tiered one, including nominations and feedback from schools to select finalists, and then the finalists submitted applications with specific information relative to their potential award.
Weddington High has been an Honor School of Excellence the past three years and was recognized by Newsweek Magazine among the top high schools in America.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: May 08, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe