Joseph High School's football team was recently awarded the fall edition of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State award for displaying exemplary academic excellence, attaining a 3.47 grade point average as a team.

"We're very proud of our boys and that they were able to finish as high as they did," said JHS head coach Rusty Eschler. "This is quite a honor."

The Dairy Farmers of Oregon have sponsored this awards program since 1997-98 and Joseph's football team was one of eleven teams selected for outstanding academic performances. All of the teams earned the highest team grade-point average in the entire state for their sports, despite classification levels.

The winning team in each fall sport will be presented a plaque in honor of outstanding scholastic achievement and team members will receive a "got milk?" sweatshirt and a certificate. Additionally, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon help recognize the achievement of all Top Ten teams in each classification by providing each student with a lapel pin.

Wallowa's football team also was recognized for its teams grade point average of 3.30 at the 1A classification level.

"The OSAA is proud to join the Dairy Farmers of Oregon in recognizing these deserving student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom," said Tom Welter, OSAA Executive Director.

Other area teams that received recognition for having a cumulative grade point average over 3.5 were Joseph's girls volleyball team, at 3.57 and Wallowa's girls volleyball teams with 3.53.

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