The list of Payson High School students who earned Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete awards is extensive.
In all, 52 citations were doled out to students who participated in fall and winter sports.
To be named an award winner, students must have earned a varsity sport letter while maintaining a minimum 3.50 GPA during the semester the sport or activity was held.
The Longhorn football team had 10 players honored, three of them for recording perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Six boys cross country team members were chosen and three selected from the four-member girls' cross country squad.
In soccer, the Lady Horns had six players tapped and the boys had five.
Also, five boys basketball players, four wrestlers and three girls basketball players were named to the elite team.
Eight cheerleaders representing coach Becky Hagler's spirit line were also honored.
All those named have received certificates of recognition from the AIA.
Among the individual recipients was junior Caitlin Fruth who has maintained a perfect 4.0 average while taking advanced placement classes and competing in soccer.
Fruth said, "It's the first one I've won and it is an honor."
Also in the AIA awards program, if any of the Longhorn teams from the fall and winter sports are found to have achieved a 3.50 or higher grade point average, they will receive recognition later this spring on the AIA team honor roll.
All student-athletes who earn the individual recognition are eligible to apply for the AIA Participant of the Year Award.
This summer, an AIA selection committee chose 16 finalists from around the state to receive the awards.
The selection criteria included academic accomplishments, high levels of integrity, veracity and participation in high school athletic programs.
From the 16 finalists, five boys and five girls are chosen overall winners and will receive plaques and scholarships to the university of their choice.
At the conclusion of the school year, the AIA will choose one school in each conference, 1A to 5A, to receive Overall Excellence Awards.
Last year the winners were Mogollon (1A), Valley Christian (2A), Winslow (3A), Catalina Foothills (4A) and Tempe Desert Vista (5A).
Payson High won the award for the 1998-99 school year when the Longhorns produced state champion teams in football and baseball.
The scholar-athlete award program began in 1989 to recognize high school students and schools who demonstrate their commitment to academics and athletics as a foundation for success. In 1999, the AIA Executive Board renamed the program for Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy who served as Executive Director from 1987 to 1999.
PHS student/athletes who maintained a 4.0 GPA:
Donald Engler, Wrestling
Mark McCarty, Wrestling
Danielle O'Haver, Girls Basketball
Brandon Buckner, Boys Basketball
Jacob Winans, Boys Basketball
Melissa Schwark, Cheer
Sierra Sommers, Volleyball
Timothy Dixon, Football
Christopher Eavenson, Football
Donald Engler, Football
Shanna Coleman, Girls Soccer
Danielle Dillon, Girls Soccer
Caitlin Fruth, Girls Soccer
Alexia Robles, Girls Soccer
Michelle Wing, Girls Soccer
Patrick Karlowski, Boys Soccer
Jonny Malloy, Boys Cross Country
Students who maintained a 3.50 GPA or higher:
Isaac Cluff, Wrestling
Zachary Rodgers, Wrestling
Cydney Figueroa, Girls Basketball
Jadyn Walden, Girls Basketball
Hunter Hardt, Boys Basketball
Miles Huff, Boys Basketball
Brian Schwind, Boys Basketball
Bonnie Clayton, Cheer
Sherah Cline, Cheer
Alexis Leckliter, Cheer
Megan Ochoa, Cheer
Leesa Sheehan, Cheer
Jenna Wagner, Cheer
Kalli Jo Wilembrecht, Cheer
Jadyn Walden, Volleyball
Luke Apfel, Football
Joseph Blackburn, Football
Nicholas Ford, Football
Rand Hallman, Football
David Hill, Football
Miles Huff, Football
Zachary Rogers, Football
Aubrey Laird, Girls Soccer
Isaac Cluff, Boys Soccer
Trent Hubbard, Boys Soccer
Chad Lammers, Boys Soccer
Dakoda Wholly, Boys Soccer
Sarah Agnes, Girls Cross Country
Juliana Cluff, Girls Cross Country
Anne Szabo, Girls Cross Country
Jeffrey Day, Boys Cross Country
Hunter Hardt, Boys Cross Country
Carlan Pontious, Boys Cross Country
Brian Schwind, Boys Cross Country
Max Siverson, Boys Cross Country