Heritage High School earns sportsmanship award

CONYERS -- Heritage High School was one of 38 schools in Georgia and the only school in Rockdale County to receive the 2010 Georgia EMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship award.

The Georgia High School Association and the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation recently announced the GHSA-member high schools that will receive the awards, which honor exemplary sportsmanship demonstrated during the 2009-10 school year.

"We are very honored that Heritage High School has received the Sportsmanship Award for Region 8-AAAA," said Chuck Landy, Athletic Director at HHS.

He said the award is voted on by each school in the region; Region 8 is made up of 11 schools.

Some of the criteria for the award include the attitude and behavior of the players, coaches and spectators, as well as how visiting teams are treated when they come to Heritage to compete.

Since 2006, the Georgia High School Association has given the award, which Heritage received once before.

"I am very excited and honored for our sports programs because it shows that our peers see that we are competing the right way and have maintaining the high standards that we expect from our staff and students," said school Principal Greg Fowler.

The awards program is designed to promote sportsmanship by honoring those who do it well, reinforcing GHSA's philosophy: "Student athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility," according to a press release.

The awards are presented annually to GHSA-member high schools in the 40 regions in all five classifications.

"The Georgia High School Association believes that sportsmanship is really good citizenship expressed in the athletic arena," said Dr. Ralph Swearngin, GHSA Executive Director. "Schools that are recognized for having their players, coaches and spectators exhibit good sportsmanship are worthy of praise. The GHSA is appreciative of the work done by Georgia EMC to provide this recognition to those schools."

Representatives from the EMCs will present sportsmanship trophies to winning high schools within their service territories at presentations during fall athletic events.

The Georgia High School Association is a voluntary organization composed of more than 400 public and private high schools. It strives to promote good sportsmanship and a cooperative spirit among its member schools.

Georgia EMC is a statewide trade organization representing the state's 42 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Georgia Transmission Corp.

Through a statewide network, Georgia's EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.48 million people, nearly half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area. Georgia's 42 electric membership cooperatives serve more customers than any other state network of EMCs in the nation.