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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association salutes the 15 schools that met the criteria to be the inaugural recipients of the Award of Excellence in 2016-17.

The award recognizes member schools for their efforts and achievements in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. 

Recipients of the 2016-17 Award of Excellence, presented to high schools that met each of the award’s criteria, are:

Baraboo
Beaver Dam
Divine Savior Holy Angels
Franklin
Hudson
Madison Country Day
Middleton
Racine Horlick
Slinger
Stoughton
University School of Milwaukee
Wauzeka-Steuben
Wayland Academy
Whitewater
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln

Recipients will be presented the Award of Excellence and certificate at the fall Area Meetings and will be recognized for the achievement on the WIAA website, in the WIAA Bulletin and at the Annual Meeting.

The criteria applied toward the Award of Excellence include:

* Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with a Captain’s Club/Team Leadership Council/Etc.– sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with coaches - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director conducted at least one informational meeting with student-athletes and their parents - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Athletic director attended conference meetings - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed

* Coaches and student-athletes attended a sportsmanship summit/leadership conference/etc.

* There was school representation at one of the seven WIAA Fall Area Meetings

* There was school representation at WIAA Annual Meeting in April

* Athletic Director made the student body aware of sportsmanship initiatives through school assemblies, announcements, posters, etc.

* Three or more athletic teams gave back to their school or community through volunteerism 

* Athletic director has taken the free NFHS Sportsmanship course

* Three or more head coaches have taken the free NFHS Sportsmanship course

* Athletic program had no coach ejections at any level

* Athletic program had no coach or player assault of an official at any level

* Athletic director nominated/submitted a boy and/or a girl for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition (either for local or state level recognition)

The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools and 41 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 27 championship tournament series in 2017-18. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.

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