SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE
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 WASC, Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education, AWSA, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Wisconsin 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, which is filmed and televised during WIAA State Basketball Tournament telecasts—a true tribute to the excellence they have achieved. Our 2022 Spirit of Excellence winners will also be honored during halftime at a Bucks game on Monday, February 28, 2022.
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.
Click here to find all of the forms you need for your school's Spirit of Excellence Portfolio! All portfolios are due on February 1, 2022.
Click on each dropdown to see past winners and application templates.
2021 SHS Winners:
Region 1: St. Croix Falls High School
Region 2 and State Recipient: Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School
Region 4: Oak Creek High School
Region 5: Stoughton High School
Region 6: Baraboo High School
2021 JAM Winners:
State Recipient: Templeton Middle School
Runner-up: Evansville JC McKenna Middle 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
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
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