Palo Alto High grad Berman receives prestigious academic honor


Recent Brandeis University graduate Noah Berman of Palo Alto has been named to the 2015 University Athletic Association Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete Team.

The team comprises 92 student-athletes representing all eight UAA member institutions across 12 men's sports and 10 women's sports. This select group of scholar-athletes represents approximately 42 percent of the eligible All-Association first-team honorees for 2014-15.

To achieve this recognition, a student-athlete must earn first-team All-Association honors and must carry a 3.50 or greater cumulative grade- point average during that playing season.

Berman, a graduate of Palo Alto High, was a member of the Brandeis fencing team. He tied for the Judges' top finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional championships -- in lieu of an All-UAA honor -- was an NCAA Championship qualifier as a junior. He graduated with a 3.53 GPA and a degree in sociology and minors in business and French and Franocophone studies.

Berman has just begun his first post-college job at Reebok headquarters in Canton Mass., where he is doing social media brand marketing.

Women's volleyball

The 2015 Stanford indoor and beach volleyball teams were among the 146 Division I women's teams and six college beach teams, respectively, to be recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Over the past five years, Cardinal women's volleyball players have been recognized with Pac-12 academic awards 29 times. In 2015, six Stanford players garnered Pac-12 academic honors, including junior Jordan Burgess who was also a Capital One/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American.

Stanford is one of two Division I programs in the history of the AVCA team award to have attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning a national championship in the same academic year. The Cardinal became the first program to accomplish the feat during the 2001-02 school year.

In 2014-15, the indoor team was one of three Pac-12 school to obtain the award, joining Arizona State and Oregon State. Stanford and ASU's sand teams also represented the conference, which will officially add beach volleyball as a Pac-12 sport in 2015-16.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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