The first award was for being the best school in overall sportsmanship in Region XV during the 2012-13 school year. According to GCHS Athletic Director Ronald Dolphin, Grand received the top sportsmanship honors in the region for both the winter and spring seasons, as well as being the overall region winner.
Dolphin said Grand’s excellence in sportsmanship is due in large part to the school’s participation in the Utah High School Activities Association’s “Raise the Bar” initiative designed to maintain a high level of sportsmanship across all sports.
“Grand has worked hard and efficiently to produce a positive sportsmanship climate in the school and community over the last four years,” Dolphin said.
In addition, Grand County High was named the overall 2A winner of the annual Director’s Cup award, which was first established by the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association three years ago. According to Dolphin, the current criteria for winning the award are as follows: 40 percent is based on the state finishes for each athletic and activity program, 40 percent is based on the combined grade point averages of each team competing at state, and the remaining 20 percent based on the school’s participation in the UHSAA’s “Raise the Bar” sportsmanship initiative.
Although both awards were already mentioned during the Aug. 21 Grand County School District Board of Education meeting, GCHS officials said they are scheduled to be publicly announced and presented at this week’s homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 6.