Three local schools were presented with their 2015-16 GEMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards on Thursday.
Carver, Jordan and Pacelli were among the 48 schools in the Georgia High School Association to receive the honors. The GHSA choose one school in each of its 48 regions.
The GHSA and Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives have sponsored the awards since 2006.
“The Georgia High School Association congratulates each of these region winners of the GEMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2016,” Gary Phillips, GHSA Executive Director, said in a news release on ghsa.net.
“These member schools have been selected by their region’s leadership for their efforts in the ongoing efforts promotion of good sportsmanship in all GHSA activities and competitions. Good sporting behavior is critical to the development of all young people. It is a cornerstone for productive adult citizens and fans. We thank Georgia’s EMCs for their long time support of this program.”
Carver principal Christopher Lindsey said, “Sportsmanship and discipline have become a priority in our program under the guidance of Coach Dremail King and Coach Calvin Arnold. They not only focus on the football program, but all the athletic programs have been given high expectations as it relates to character on and off the field.”
Jordan co-athletic directors Anthony Dimitri and Russell Scott said in a statement, “This award is a great accomplishment for Jordan’s sports programs. Anytime a school receives a sportsmanship award from its peers around the state is an honor. Our administration, coaches, parents and fans have done a great job teaching the students about character, team building, and pride in athletics. Good sportsmanship grows great leaders, and we are humbled by the award.”
Pacelli athletic director Buster Connally said, “St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is honored to be a recipient of the 2016 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award. At St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School, we prepare our students to be leaders by instilling core values of faith, honesty, loyalty and respect. We strive to incorporate these values in everything we do — whether it’s in the classroom or on the athletic field.”