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Enumclaw High boasts true student-athletes | OUR CORNER

High school athletes are pulled in many directions, making like difficult at times. Yet most cruise happily through their days, living the life envied by employed adults everywhere.

Many go beyond the norm and excel. We’re happy to report this, though not entirely surprised.

Statistics released by Enumclaw High School last week showed a great number of prep athletes are able to stand out in the classroom while also practicing or competing five, or perhaps six, days a week.

This fall season, the players who make up the EHS girls cross country team combined to post a grade-point average of 3.897. That’s staggering, considering these girls are pounding the pavement nearly every day to maintain their competitive edge. By the way, they’re among the league’s best runners.

The varsity boys cross country team also excels, having posted a group GPA of 3.572.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the other Hornet fall teams and their collective GPAs: volleyball, 3.796; girls golf, 3.764; boys golf, 3.195; soccer, 3.576; swim and dive, 3.529; and tennis, 3.257. The fall cheer crew maintains a 3.409 GPA.

The Enumclaw High athletics office researches the grade-point averages of school athletes and teams with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better are reported to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Just like on the field of competition, teams compete for the title of academic state champion. Enumclaw has been well represented, with its girls wrestling and girls tennis teams recently claiming state titles.

How today’s teens manage to find time to sleep, much less succeed, is a mystery.

The academics/athletics tussle competes with the endless drama of high school life, the demands that come with staying on top of pop culture, keeping in touch with friends 24 hours a day through social media and sending/receiving hundreds of text messages daily. Yet some juggle it admirably.

Well done, Hornets.

 

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