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Petition started to change academic rules after senior soccer player benched for AP course schedule


A petition has been created to change academic eligibility requirements in sports in North Carolina after a Richlands High School soccer player was benched her senior year.

Richlands High School senior Caitlynn Guarino learned she was not able after being told by her coach the classes she was taking in the fall weren’t enough.

The NC High School Athletic Association requires students to pass a minimum of three courses on a block schedule in order to participate in sports the following semester.

Guarino took advanced placement classes and found out later that credits were not awarded until the end of the school year instead of at the end of a semester. As a result, she was ineligible to play soccer, according to the NCHSAA.

Onslow County Schools filed an appeal to the NCHSAA on Guarino’s behalf, which was denied.

Another appeal was filed to the NC Department of Public Instruction and was also denied.

The petition at Change.org by Ian Mcfarlane called for the state association to, “Allow NCHSAA Athletes Taking AP Classes To Play Despite Not Meeting Credit Requirements.”

It also states that athletes shouldn’t be, “Punished for excelling in the classroom.”

As of Monday morning, nearly 3,600 signatures had been collected.

See the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/allow-nchsaa-athletes-taking-ap-classes-to-play-despite-not-meeting-credit-requirements?source_location=search

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.