SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School activities took home two individual state championships, two team championships, broke 21 school records and had 11 top four state finishes during the 2016-2017 school year.
But what impresses SHS activities director Don Julian most are the students’ performances off the field.
SHS students finished the 2016-2017 school year with one of the highest collective GPAs and participation rates in school history.
“We had a really good GPA for the year — a lot of good numbers,” Julian said. “I feel really good about where we came in.”
Girls tennis took the title of team with the highest GPA for the 2016-17 school year. The team achieved a 3.781 average during its season.
Not far behind was the girls swim team, which earned a 3.78 GPA.
Of winter activities, the school’s orchestra had the highest GPA with a 3.779. The spring activity with the best GPA went to the student council, which finished with a 3.763.
Throughout the year, 19 of the 28 activities had participants average above the A Honor Roll, and every activity had its participants average above the B Honor Roll.
Sheridan High School’s A Honor Roll includes students who achieve a 3.5-3.99 GPA with no grade below a C.
Students on the B Honor Rolls have achieved a 2.7-3.49 GPA with no grades below a C.
“Our cumulative might have been one of our best ever,” Julian said.
It speaks volumes for the entire school if you ask school officials. SCSD2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said success inside and outside the classroom is a reflection of the school’s commitment to education.
Sixty-two percent of boys and 75 percent of girls at SHS participated in a Wyoming High School Activities Association-sanctioned activity.
“That’s a big jump for the girls,” Julian said. “A year ago, they were at 56 (percent). The boys were at 61 percent, so they stayed kind of the same.”
The demographic with the largest participation was the girls in the class of 2018, of which 78 percent of students participated.
The massive jump in participation in activities for girls at the school was the result of more students getting involved with activities outside of traditional sports, such as drama, journalism, band and choir.
As a school, 68 percent of the student body participated in an extracurricular activity. Last year, only 59 percent of the student body participated.
“That’s pretty exciting,” Julian said. “We had pretty much the same number of students this year … this was a big year for us.”