For so many students, the lessons learned in high school activities last a lifetime. It’s important to stick with something, even when it may be challenging. Sometimes you’ll win, and sometimes you’ll lose, but good sportsmanship is always important. High school activities can also teach students how to balance their extracurricular activities with their academic pursuits.

That’s why we are so proud of the students who were recently recognized by the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program for outstanding achievement in the classroom. OnPoint has partnered with the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) in order to have a deeper impact in our community and advance our commitment to financial education.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, research shows that participating in extracurricular activities may increase students' sense of engagement or attachment to their school, increasing the likelihood they will graduate. Recognizing that athletics and other activities can enrich a student’s academic experience, the Academic All-State Award is awarded to all boys and girls teams in each OSAA-sanctioned activity that achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative team grade point average.

Every season, schools and activities departments submit academic information for the Academic All-State Program. Each member of a winning team receives a commemorative decal and a certificate. Members of the top 10 schools in each activity of each classification receive additional recognition and the top school receives a plaque in honor of its team. You can learn more about the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program, view the winners or submit academic information by visiting www.osaa.org/awards.  

The Academic All-State Award is part of OnPoint’s title sponsorship of the Oregon high school state championships. The partnership builds on our commitment to strengthening local education by supporting students, schools and educators.

“OnPoint’s commitment to education made the organization an ideal partner for OSAA,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “Together, we are so proud of what the winners of the Academic All-State Award have accomplished and can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

OnPoint was founded by 16 schoolteachers in 1932 and we honor those roots in a variety of ways, including the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. In addition to this annual award recognizing educators and schools for excellence in education, OnPoint is also the title sponsor of the OSAA Scholar Program. This program recognizes all graduating seniors who have achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA and earned a varsity letter in an OSAA-sanctioned activity at any point in their high school career. OnPoint and the OSAA will award college grants to six of these qualifying students.

Congratulations again to the Fall 2018 Academic All-State winners, as well as all students who participate in high school extracurricular activities. You will use the skills you learn today for the rest of your lives.