MWHS named 2019-2020 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction by NYSPHSAA

on July 22, 2020

Graphic saying HS is school of distinctionFor the first time in the school district’s history, Monroe-Woodbury High School has been named a Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction by The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA). To earn the School of Distinction honor, 100 percent of the district’s varsity teams must qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. Monroe-Woodbury was among only 56 schools statewide who earned this prestigious award for the 2019-2020 school year.

“On behalf of the school district, I want to congratulate our student-athletes and coaches for this wonderful recognition. We stand strongly behind our goal to create well rounded individuals who work hard and achieve success both in the classroom and on the field. It takes true commitment and a strong work ethic to earn this impressive recognition. We are so proud!” said Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez.

The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor. This year, 56 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 140 schools earned the School of Excellence Award. An additional 21 schools received the School of Distinction Award and 13 more received the School of Excellence Award compared to 2018-19 school year.

“We are excited once again to see the numbers of schools honored increase and it is a true testament to the kind of student-athletes we were have here in New York State,” said Dr. Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “We continue to be proud of this program which highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics. The fact that so many student-athletes thrived in the face of a pandemic this past winter is truly remarkable.”

MWHS has earned the School of Excellence title for three consecutive years, which represented 75 percent of the school’s varsity teams qualifying for and receiving the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. For the 2019-20 school year the School of Distinction and School of Excellence winners were based on fall 2019 and winter 2020 Scholar-Athlete submissions because the spring 2020 program was cancelled.