Warwick Valley High School is one of 135 high schools statewide that earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award for the 2018-19 school year.The purpose of the award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. This year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools being recognized for their academic achievements. “To see the numbers of schools honored increase again is a true testament the kind of student-athletes were have here in New York State,” said Dr. Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA executive director. “We continue to be proud of this program that highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics.”To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. NYSPHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete team award was initiated in 1991-92 school year. The School of Excellence Award began in the 2016-17 school year.