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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Amphitheater School District is offering a new program to its students - academic letters.

These letters, similar to the ones student athletes receive, will be earned by students for excellence in the classroom, not just on the athletic field.  

In order for students to receive an academic letter they must first meet the following criteria - an overall weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and have taken at least two Scholars classes in the semester for which the letter is awarded, according to an Amphitheater District release. 

"We have extremely high achieving and hard-working students who deserve this recognition for their accomplishments," said Superintendent Patrick Nelson. "We are as proud to award the letters as the students are to receive them." 

In its inaugural year the program has already awarded 125 students, from the districts three high schools, academic letters, according to the district release.

"It's always so rewarding to receive recognition for hard work, and that is exactly how it felt to get the Academic Letter," said International Baccalaureate student at CDO High School Katja Rundel. "I think a lot of high school students would agree with me that an incredible amount of stress and hard work is put into getting the grades that would qualify one to receive an Academic Letter, and when it was announced that students with a high GPA would receive one, it was almost like a weight lifted off our shoulders."

Students must apply for an Academic Letter; they are first eligible to apply at the end of the fall semester of their junior year. Students may receive letter recognition three times during their high school careers.

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