Finalists Announced for Spirit Contest


Finalists Announced for Spirit Contest

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) today disclosed the 16 finalists for the first-ever Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, a statewide contest to promote sportsmanship and celebrate the community-wide pageantry of high school athletics. For the next month, fans everywhere have the chance to play a role in picking the winning entry, casting online votes to supplement voting by FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The video finalists are now featured on the FHSAA’s YouTube channel and will also be shared via Facebook and Twitter. The YouTube entries include the web address for the official SurveyMonkey ballot, where public voting will take place until March 6. The 2014 Sunshine State Spirit Showdown champion will be announced on March 10 and then honored at a ceremony to be scheduled by the winning school and the FHSAA.

“Each submission reflects its school community’s unique stories and traditions about fandom,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “The finalists differ in location, size and makeup, but the one common denominator is a deep passion for high school athletics. FHSAA emphasizes the many positive benefits of school-based athletic participation, and we’re tremendously excited about this opportunity to celebrate the spirit and dedication that make high school athletics such an important part of life in Florida.”

This year’s finalists, each of which submitted a video of between 90 seconds to three minutes, are (in alphabetical order):

·      Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville)
·      Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) – “School Spirit”
·      Bloomingdale (Valrico) – “Our School Spirit”
·      Cape Coral – “Orange and Blue”
·      Clay (Green Cove Springs) – “Clay Crazies”
·      Creekside (St. Johns)
·      Forest (Ocala)
·      Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs) – “Patriot Pride”
·      Lake Mary
·      Lake Nona (Orlando) – “We are Lake Nona”
·      Lennard (Ruskin) – “We are L-Block”
·      Merritt Island
·      Monarch (Coconut Creek)
·      Palmetto Ridge (Naples) – “Legacy”
·      Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines)
·      West Orange (Winter Garden) – “Warrior Country”
In addition to voting, fans can follow the competition on social media using the hashtag #FLSQuad.

About the FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public and private schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student‐athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.