Northside earns sportsmanship honors

The Georgia High School Association recently announced its Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award winners. Northside High School was one.

The award is sponsored by Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives, and honors, according to the GHSA website (ghsa.net) those “schools that demonstrated impeccable sportsmanship during the 2017-2018 school year.”

It is an award that has also been presented since 2006 and, again according to the website: 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.”

Also per the website, it not only recognizes student athletes and their classmates, but also school staff, parents and event spectators, and is also a “community honor” as well.

Said GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robins Hines, who most know served in the Houston County school system as a Northside High principal, assistant superintendent for school operations and superintendent of schools: “Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2017-2018. 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.”

Northside’s award came in Region 1 of Class 6A. Each of the 56 regions from the seven classifications had one. Region 1 in Class 5A went to Thomas County Central and Region 2 in Class 4A was given to Upson-Lee. Peach County also earned honors for Region 4 in Class 3A.