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  • DIAA names champions in sportsmanship

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  • The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) offers an annual statewide competition in sportsmanship. It is a competition against a set of 10 standards, not against other schools. The process is demanding and involves the total school community be involved. Member schools submit an extensive application book that is judged by a committee that evaluates each application to determine if the school has successfully met the standards.
    Eighteen schools have been named DIAA State Champions in Sportsmanship this year.
    Now 28 schools have won this award at least once in its 17-year history. This includes this year’s first-time recipients: Christina School District’s Christiana and Glasgow high schools, Indian River School District’s Sussex Central High School, private Saint Marks High School and Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Charter School of Wilmington.
    Smyrna School District’s Smyrna High School won for the second time. Private Sanford School won for the third consecutive year. And Appoquinimink School District’s Appoquinimink High and Woodbridge School District’s Woodbridge High each won for the fourth time. Red Clay’s Conrad Schools of Science took home its fifth straight award. Six-time winners were private Caravel Academy, Red Clay’s AI duPont High and Woodbridge’s Phillis Wheatley Middle School. New Castle County Vo-Tech’s Hodgson Vo-Tech won its seventh award while Sussex Tech’s Sussex Tech High and Brandywine’s Concord High each won for the eighth time.
    Private Tower Hill School took home its ninth award in as many years. And DIAA is proud to announce that Colonial’s William Penn High School has earned the title of State Champion in Sportsmanship for the 17th consecutive year.
    “All of these schools are led by energetic and innovative committees that continually look for new ways to spread the message of sportsmanship,” DIAA Executive Director Kevin Charles said. “They truly embody the philosophy that sportsmanship is not just something you talk about but a way of life demonstrated by your behavior and actions. This belief is an essential component of education-based athletics.”

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