Washington County High School Awarded Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award |
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Good sportsmanship is defined as teammates, opponents, coaches and officials treating each other with mutual respect. Washington Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) believes in encouraging and recognizing sportsmanlike behavior in both youth and adults in the community, which is why they have recently awarded the 2012-2013 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to Washington County High School on behalf of the Georgia High School Association and Georgia EMC.
"Students learn about sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially their parents and coaches," says Bill Durden with Washington EMC. "When they see adults practicing good sportsmanship, they begin to understand that participating in sports isn’t only about athleticism and competition, but more importantly, sports teach us how to persevere and behave with dignity—whether we win or lose a game."
Sponsored by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and Georgia’s EMCs, the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award was introduced in 2006 to honor GHSA-member schools that exhibit outstanding sportsmanship.
The award recognizes not only student athletes but fellow students, school staff, parents and event spectators, thereby becoming not only a school honor, but a community honor as well. The winners are selected by the GHSA region secretaries based upon demonstrated sportsmanship throughout the school year.
Washington County High School is one of 46 GHSA-member high schools around the state from 48 regions in six classifications that received the award for exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship during competitive events. As such, EMC representatives present trophies to winning high schools within their service area.
Washington EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 15,300 consumers in Washington, Johnson, Hancock, Laurens, Jefferson, Baldwin, Warren, Wilkinson, Glascock and Emanuel counties.
Georgia EMC is a statewide association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Through a statewide network, Georgia’s EMCs provide electricity and related services to approximately 4.5 million customers, half the state’s population.
The GHSA is a voluntary organization comprised of more than 400 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. Submitted by Bill Durden, Washington EMC.
Pictured above are representatives from the various sports and region activities. Front Row – Sandy Carter, Ebony Duckworth, Bethany Severance, Ariel Duckworth, Ashlee Dixon, Quintaveon Poole. Second Row – Hunter Reynolds, Houston Channell, Devonte Bass, Shequetta Williams, Bryan Hypolite, Bianca Wansley, Tyler Sheppard, Eryn Bennett. Back Row – Justin Braswell, McKel Miller, Larkerra Bethea, Stacy Thompson, Cyntoria Thomas