MHS wins inaugural WIAA award

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MHS was one of 15 schools to receive the inaugural 2016-17 Award of Excellence from the WIAA.

MHS principal Steve Plank and athletic director Bob Joers learned of the news late Monday afternoon. Superintendent George Mavroulis shared the announcement with the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday night.

The award recognizes member schools for their efforts and achievements in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. Other schools to be recognized are: Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels, Franklin, Hudson, Madison Country Day, Racine Horlick, Slinger, Stoughton, Milwaukee University School, Wauzeka-Steuben, Beaver Dam Wayland Academy, Whitewater and 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. MHS will receive its award at the District 5 area meeting in Mount Horeb on Sept. 25.

"We are proud to congratulate Middleton High School on receiving the WIAA Award of ­Excellence for the 2016-17 school,'' WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said in a statement.

Some of the criteria applied toward the Award of Excellence include:

  • Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with a Captain’s Club/Team Leadership Council and sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is on the agenda and is discussed.
  • Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with coaches and 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 and sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed.
  • Athletic director attended conference meetings and sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed
  • Coaches and student-athletes attended a sportsmanship summit or leadership conference.
  • There was school representation at one of the seven WIAA fall area meetings.
  • There was school representation at WIAA annual meeting in April

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.