Lithonia, Marist win sportsmanship awards

Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) sponsor Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) Spirit Sportsmanship Award and announced Lithonia High School and Marist High School as two of the 64 GHSA-member high schools receiving this year’s award.

GHSA officials said the award honors schools that demonstrated impeccable sportsmanship during the 2020-2021 school year. Lithonia won the award for Class 5A Region 5 and Marist won the award for Class 4A Region 6.

Schools winning this award are recognized for displaying exemplary sportsmanship during competition throughout the school year.

Student athletes, fellow students, school staff, parents and event spectators are recognized for the sportsmanship they display and judged for the award.

A release from GHSA states the award is not only a school honor, but a community honor as well. The GHSA region secretaries select winners based upon sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the school year.

Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually to the GHSA-member high schools in the 64 regions from the eight classifications by EMC representatives during fall athletic events and school assemblies. 

“Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2020-2021,” said GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines. “It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program.”

Since 2006, the GHSA and Georgia’s EMCs have sponsored the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award, which GHSA officials said reinforces the GHSA philosophy: “Students, athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.”

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