NIAA - One Nevada Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year awards program

 

2018-2019 NIAA Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year -- APPLICATION ... closed ... the application due date has now passed.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA, the 501c3 non-profit governing body of high school athletics in the Silver State) will award individual scholarships in the amount of $500 to both the top 10 student-athletes in Northern Nevada and the top 10 student-athletes in Southern Nevada. One Nevada Credit Union will add a $500 check to each winner, bringing to total scholarship amout to $1,000. The Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year will be honored at an awards banquet – dinner ceremony in both Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada. Please click on the headline-link above to read about the qualifications for this award and to access the application packet.

 

Just what or who is a Top Ten Student-Athlete of the Year?

The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award is given to not just the top high school athletes in the Silver State but rather to those student-athletes who exemplify total school and community involvement. Special consideration in the selection process is given to student-athletes who participated in multiple sports, other school and student government activities, and community service projects while at the same time maintained a high academic status within their school.

"This is an outstanding event which recognizes student-athletes who exemplify what high school activities and athletics are all about," says Mr. Bart Thompson, Executive Director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. "While the requirements sound restrictive, we know these student-athletes exist as evident by the group of individuals we have with us tonight. It is our goal through the Top Ten program to find and honor these superb individuals."

All candidates must be seniors. The general categories include scholastic achievement (class rank, non-weighted grade point average, number of semesters on the honor roll, number of honors classes taken, and ACT and SAT scores), overall sports participation (number of varsity sports, number of varsity letters, and individual and team achievements), other contributions (school and church activities, and community service accomplishments), an essay, and letters of recommendation. The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year in both Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada, as selected by a panel of judges, are then honored with a formal dinner banquet.

Winners receive commemorative awards from the NIAA and its sponsors. The awards include a $1,00 (one-time) scholarship (courtesy of the NIAA and One Nevada Credit Union) and a NIAA Courtesy Card. Winners are asked to invite seven guests, free of charge courtesy of the NIAA, to share in the banquet.

The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award banquets began in 1996. The banquets are once again supported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

For more information about the banquets, its sponsors or any of the many other special programs conducted by the NIAA, please call the NIAA office at (775) 453-1012. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association is the private, non-profit governing body of high school athletics in the Silver State.