Playing hard in the classroom
Area schools represented on Academic All-State teams
The majority of the time, when athletic players receive awards, it is based upon accomplishments on the field or court.
However, fans and coaches must also keep in mind that the players that represent the area high schools are students first, and they must take care of classroom duties if they want to see the field of play athletically.
In order to honor those that achieve not just in the field of play, but also in the field of learning, activity associations release Academic All-State lists.
Last week, the Missouri Volleyball Coaches Association release its Academic All-State list, and 28 players from five Barry and Lawrence high schools found homes on the team.
In order to qualify for the All-State honor, an athlete must achieve a 3.6 cumulative GPA for the entire athletic career, including the first semester of 2018, and played in 75 percent of its school’s varsity matches.
Obtaining the awards were:
• Cassville: Sharayah Seymour, Chantly Yarnall, Olivia Holman, Kennedy Parnell, Chloe Roller, Avery Brown and Brianna Hemphill
• Exeter: Quartny Allen, Maycee Blake, Emalee Davis, Lindsey Nelson
• Pierce City: Donielle Brottlund, Emily Drollinger and Kelly Kaiser
• Purdy: Makenzie Crumpler, Casey Ellison, Emma Harkey, Hallie Henderson, Madison Renkoski and Cailyn Spears
• Southwest: Khloe Holder, Mariah Long, Mariah Munday, Lili Outhouse, Lacey Reeves, Bonnie Robbins, Maggie Robbins, Allison Serrano and Heather Windes
• Wheaton: Sarah Burton, Tori Goostree, Kaylee Hutsell, Rachel Lacey, Hallie Mitchell and Audrey Shockley.