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Columbus North athletics has been named a recipient of the IHSAA Sportsmanship Award for 2019-2020, the Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced.
Columbus North is one of 23 schools from across the state to be named a winner for the recently completed academic year.
To qualify for the award, a school must meet five standards:
>> Have a score of 100 or better in the IHSAA Sportsmanship Score.
>> Offer students a leadership role with an athletic council (or Student Athletic Board).
>> Acknowledge merits of servant leadership through a community service project.
>> Challenge its staff, student-athletes and parents to complete an educational program.
>> Hold an annual sportsmanship or citizenship conference for its student-athletes.
“This award is sought after by every high school athletic department in the state,” said Jeff Hester, who stepped down last month as the Bull Dogs’ athletic director after 12 years in the position. “It is a great honor and proves you can have a strong, education-based athletic program and one that is also very competitive. This recognition shows that the athletes and coaches at Columbus North have their priorities in order.”
Principal David Clark was pleased that the school received the sportsmanship honor.
“This is an elusive award, and any time we are recognized for this shows great effort from all in Bull Dog Nation,” Clark said. “Spearheaded by the athletic director, this award is evidence of a collective educational effort.”
Other schools earning the IHSAA Sportsmanship distinction for the past school year are Clay City, Edinburgh, Fremont, Goshen, Harrison (West Lafayette), Highland, Kankakee Valley, Logansport, Madison, Mishawaka, Mooresville, Morristown, North Vermillion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Pioneer, River Forest, Rock Creek Academy, Sheridan, South Bend Riley, Western Boone and Winamac.
PHOTO: Columbus North students cheer for the Bull Dogs' football team at the Columbus North-Columbus East game on Aug. 30, 2019. Columbus North won the game 42-31.