Hamilton High School senior Leah Stapelman was named an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) for the girls’ golf season that just concluded.
Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:
- a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average,
- participation in at least 75 percent of the team’s varsity matches, and
- at least sophomore standing.
Stapelman is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.
The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that 155 Wisconsin female golfers have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is an exceptional 3.852. It is equally impressive that 13 of the top 20 finishers in the state tournament for both divisions combined are academic all-state honorees.
The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. A newly established award honoring the high school team with the highest cumulative GPA will be announced on March 1, 2012.