Ouachita Christian’s football program has been recognized by the National Football Foundation as one of its two Louisiana winners of the National High School Academic Excellence Award.
The NFF honors individual programs for excellence in the classroom and is designed to inspire and foster a culture of academic excellence on high school football teams throughout the nation.
Ouachita Christian’s team has a cumulative team GPA of 3.34 and a 35-4 record the past three years, including one state championship and two 2nd-place finishes.
The foundation recognized 62 teams from 13 states as part of its inaugural program. "Academic and athletic success go hand-in-hand," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "We are proud to announce these 62 outstanding high school football teams as the top academic performers in their states.”
The finalists from each division of play were selected by each state’s high school coaches’ associations from a pool of semifinalists submitted by each school's head coach.
Eligibility requirements for the NFF National High School Academic Excellence Award include:
- a minimum cumulative team GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- superior academic application and performance
- successful football season