NIAA - Lifetouch Photography Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year awards program information

NIAA - Lifetouch Photography Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year awards program information

NIAA names Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year for 2017-18

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, the non-profit governing body of high school sports in the Silver State, announced the winners Monday for the 2018 Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year awards program in both Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada. Please click on the headline-link above to view the list of winners and a little more information about the awards program itself. 

 

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 $500 (one-time) scholarship (courtesy of the Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers), a souvenir portrait (courtesy of Lifetouch Photography), a Top Ten souvenir newspaper edition (courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Reno Gazette-Journal) and a NIAA Courtesy Card. Winners are asked to invite seven guests, free of charge courtesy of Lifetouch, to share in the banquet.

The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award banquets began in 1996. The banquets are presented by the Farmers Insurance Group and Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. 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.