Wisconsin ASSOCIATION of School Councils

Educating, Engaging, and Empowering the Young Leaders of Wisconsin


The Spirit of Excellence program honors Wisconsin schools that achieve excellence in leadership development, school spirit, sportsmanship and service to school and community.

Each year, a selection committee consisting of members from WASCWisconsin Association for Middle Level EducationAWSAWisconsin Interscholastic Athletic AssociationWisconsin Association of School District Administrators,Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, and the Milwaukee Bucks selects one high school from each of WASC’s six regions to receive the award. From that pool, one school is selected as the state winner.  They also select 2 middle level recipients.

All winners receive local recognition and a school banner. They also are all invited to a Milwaukee Bucks game, given free tickets to the game, and are honored on the court during half-time. The high school selected as the overall state winner will receive a trophy at an assembly, which is filmed and televised during WIAA state basketball tournament telecasts – a tribute to the excellence they have achieved.

To be eligible, schools must be a member of WIAA and WASC and submit a portfolio that demonstrates achievement in each of three key dimensions in a calendar year beginning February 1.

Application Materials & Templates for 2020 BELOW!

 2019/20 SHS Recipients:

Region 1:                                            St. Croix Falls High School

Region 2:                                           Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School

Region 3:               Pulaski High School

Region 4 and State Winner:              Brookfield Central High School

Region 5:                                           Stoughton High School

Region 6:                                           Baraboo High School

2019/20 JAM Recipients:        

State Recipient:                Evansville JC McKenna Middle School

Runner-up:                       Bay View Middle School

Past Spirit of Excellence Senior High Award Winners

2019 - Pulaski High School
2018 – Bay Port High School

2017- Lakeland Union High School
2016 – Stoughton High School
2015 – Divine Savior Holy Angels
2014 – Neenah High School
2013 – St. Croix Falls High School
2012 – Adams Friendship High School
2011 – Hamilton High School
2010 – Verona Area High School
2009 – Waunakee Community High School

Past Spirit of Excellence Junior and Middle School Award Winners

2019  - Monroe Middle School

2018 – Bay View Middle School
2017- St. Mary’s School
2016 – Evansville JC McKenna Middle School
2015 – Bay View Middle School
2014 – St. Mary’s Menomonee Falls
2013 – Bay View Middle School

2020 Spirit of Excellence Templates

WASC Spirit of Excellence - Application.docx

JAM "How to" Materials: JAM Fall Tour Presentation.pdf

SHS "How to Materials: SOE Fall Tour Presentation - SHS.pdf

JAM Templates:

NEW 2020-21 Template:     WASC Spirit of Excellence - JAM Instructions.doc

JAM SOE Description and Rubrics.docx

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - JAM Leadership.docx

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - JAM Service.docx

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - JAM Spirit and Sportsmanship.docx

SHS Templates:

NEW 2020-21 Template:    WASC Spirit of Excellence - SHS Instructions.doc

WASC Spirit of Excellence - SHS Instructions.doc

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - Leadership (SHS).docx

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - Service .docx

WASC Spirit of Excellence Form - Sportsmanship (SHS).docx

Deadline for submission:  February 1, 2021


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