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Spirit of excellence

The Spirit of Excellence is a portfolio put together by student body leaders to highlight the activities that their school offer to the entire student body and community. Each year the Spirit of Excellence Award is given to six Wisconsin schools, one in each region, that demonstrate excellence in leadership development, sportsmanship initiatives, school spirit, and service to school and community. It is presented jointly by 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. From the pool of regional winners, one school is selected as the state winner. 

Regional winners receive local recognition and a school banner. The state winner receives a trophy at a school assembly.

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.  Winners will be recognized at a Bucks game on Monday, March 4, 2024 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. 

Click on each dropdown to see past winners and application templates.

2023 SHS Winners:

Region II: Stevens Point Area High School

Region III: Oshkosh West High School

Region IV: Oak Creek High School

Region V and STATE RECIPIENT: Stoughton High School

Region VI: Baraboo High School

2023 JAM Winners:

State Recipient: Park View Middle School

Runner-up: J.C. McKenna Middle School

2022 – Baraboo High School

2021 – Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School

2020 – Brookfield Central High School

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 – St. Croix Falls High School

2009 – Adams Friendship

2008 – Verona Area High School

2007 – Waunakee Community High School

2022 – J.C. McKenna Middle School

2021 – Templeton Middle School

2020 – Evansville JC McKenna Middle School

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

Click here to see the 2023 SHS Winning Portfolio

Click here to see the 2023 JAM Winning Portfolio


Click here for the WASC Spirit of Excellence Application 

(to be included in portfolio)

***For your convenience, use the templates provided below for your portfolio.

Templates are in Google document format. Please make copies of the document before using.

Deadline for application submission:  February 1, 2024


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