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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Grande Sports Academy academic staff would like to give special recognition for those student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA or above in the 2013 fall semester:
Countless hours were spent by GSA tutors and the student-athletes in the study hall room and one student’s success in the fall semester impressed Lauren Crum, who is the Director of Academic and Personal Development at the GSA.
“We are very proud of all our boys who worked very diligently last semester to attain the 4.0 standing, but we are especially proud of one of our international students, Jose Miguel Tapia. This was Jose’s first semester in the U.S. and he worked extremely hard, was in study hall every day, worked with our tutors and was able to get A’s in all his classes. More than a handful of students improved their grades this past semester as well.”
One of those players who improved their grades was Jose Hernandez, who has shown a steady GPA improvement in every semester since he joined the Academy in August 2012. The 4.0 GPA eluded Hernandez all last year as he was just one letter grade shy of achieving the perfect mark, and this past semester he achieved his first perfect mark and credits that to the GSA.
“It’s all the hard work and all the resources we have here at the Grande. We have a great staff that can help us with anything we need and special tutors with every subject, which really helps out. Everything you need is hands on.”
The following players earned a 4.0 in the 2013 fall semester:
Corey Baird (signed with Stanford University)
Justen Glad (verbal commitment with Stanford University)
Erik Holt (verbal commitment with UCLA)
Dillon Nino (signed with University of Dayton)
Jose Miguel Tapia
Evan Waldrep (verbal commitment with Creighton University)
We are extremely proud of ALL of our boys’ progress and hard work!
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