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 TNT Gold brings new meaning to "Student-Athlete" March 10, 2009 5:50 PM. By Garland Cooper

With an overall GPA of 3.65, TNT emphasizes the "student” in "student-athlete.”

After a GPA of 3.61 in 2007, the TNT Gold out of Pa. thought that a better GPA was near impossible. However, this year team members have proved that there is always room for improvement.

"The 2009 TNT Gold Team has set their sights on this mark and has really committed on setting a new standard,” stated head coach Roy Godard.

The girls have all increased their over-all GPA, and consequently, they have raised their team GPA to an impressive 3.65.

These girls have been asked to practice six days a week in order to stay on top of their game, and they travel all over the nation to compete. Despite these demands on their rime the TNT athletes seem to find time to study and make the grade.

Below are only a few of the athletes that have shine on and off the field this year.

 Amy Weinberg is a junior at Arlington High School (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) and boasts a 3.7 GPA, enrolled in all honors courses. She is tough at the plate and can play in the infield, outfield, and can catch.

Taylor Pirone attends Ursuline Academy High School and has a 3.55 GPA in honors courses. She is a star on TNT in the batter's box and on the mound.

Caitlin Kennedy is the third baseman for North Huntington High School, with a GPA 3.75 honors courses. She stands tall at 6' and can hit for power at the plate.

Julianne Streurer or as her team called her, "The Rocket Scientist” is from Parsippany High School and sports an incredible 4.19 GPA and is in all honors courses. She plays second, outfield, pitches and she will hit in the middle of the lineup for TNT.