Frazee School, national statistics, prove athletes have higher GPAs
Frazee-Vergas Schools Activities Director Dave Trautman said he's always heard that athletes do better academically than non-athletes.
Wanting to see if that was true, he looked into the matter -- and argued his case at Monday night's school board meeting.
"It holds true here, too," he said.
In the Frazee district, senior female athletes have a grade point average of 3.47. Non-athlete female students have a GPA of 3.03.
Senior male athletes have a GPA of 3.34, while male non-athletes have an average GPA of 2.57.
Junior girl athletes come in at 3.53, non-athletes at 2.68. Junior boy athletes have an average of 3.10 GPAs and non-athletes sit at 2.42.
Sophomore girl athletes average a 3.19 GPA and non-athletes a 2.21 GPA. Boy athletes have a 2.79 GPA and non-athletes a 2.07 GPA.
Finally, freshmen girl athletes average a 3.66 GPA, with non-athletes at a 2.82 GPA. Freshmen boy athletes average a 2.55 GPA, and non-athletes average a 2.25 GPA.
Trautman's news continued with praise for fall sports. The Minnesota State High School League recognizes academic achievements of athletes participating in MSHSL events.
Through the Spotlight on Scholarship program, students who maintain a 4.0-3.6 GPA earn a gold certificate, and those who maintain a 3.0-3.59 GPA earn a silver certificate.
The Frazee fall athletes earned 25 gold certificates and 26 silver. Volleyball alone had 24 out of 28 girls earning one of the certificates, and football had 18 of 48.
The football team as a whole also received a team plate for their total GPA.
Cross-country had eight of 17 athletes qualify for one of the certificates.
The MSHSL also offers school ratings for each sport, and Frazee-Vergas earned between 4.29 and 4.5 (on a scale from 1 to 5) in football and between 4.08 and 4.17 for volleyball. Cross-country was not rated.
The schools are rated on spectators, participants, coaches, site management and game personnel.
Comments received include "Coaching staff very professional, participants respectful, a pleasure to work with this school" in football, and "good conduct" in volleyball.