CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District announced the recipients of their 11th Annual Middle-Level Sportsmanship Champions Awards on Tuesday, April 30.
“Each year one 7th-grade female student, one 7th-grade male student, and one coach from each Middle-Level school are nominated for this award,” the NCSD release reads. “The recipients are honored with a certificate of appreciation and a lunch in their honor.
The awards luncheon was held on April 25 at the NCSD Central Services Facility.
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“The students delivered a short presentation on what sports they play, what good sportsmanship means to them, and provided a good sportsmanship quote which will be written on their respective posters that will hang in their schools,” the release states.
Casper Classical Academy students Brooklyn Brooks and Jaromiah Taylor and Coach Jason Alder received the awards.
Centennial Middle School award recipients were students Eric Whitley and Brooklyn Seago and Coach Cheri Grutowski.
CY Middle School students Haley Dibble and Colten Jardine received awards as well as Coach Grant Sybrant.
Dean Morgan Middle School recipients were students Trig Berens and Cammryn Vance and Coach Kayla Wilcox.
Midwest students Noah Osterman and Ryann Palmer received the award along with Coach Lyndi Liston.
The quotes that each of the students selected are as follows:
- Brooks: “Sportsmanship is the most important aspect of the game,’” Brooks said.
- Taylor: “Sportsmanship is competing to the best of your ability and respecting your opponents.”
- Whitley: “Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious.” ~ Kobe Bryant
- Seago: “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice
- Dibble: “It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.”
- Jardine: “You are never really playing an opponent, you are playing yourself.” ~ Arthur Ashe
- Berens: “Sportsmanship goes beyond who you are as an athlete and speaks to who you are as a person.”
- Vance: “To me, sportsmanship is being a leader both on the court and off of it.”
- Osterman: “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about getting back up after a loss and knowing there is always room for improvement after a win.”
- Palmer: “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The district wrote that the coaches praised the students during the luncheon.
“The students exemplify outstanding sportsmanship by participating in academic activities and athletic sports, and by being leaders in the classroom throughout the 2018-19 school year,” reads the NCSD release.
“We congratulate the students and coaches for being chosen the Sportsmanship Champion from their respective schools and look forward to their promoting and encouraging good sportsmanship in the years to come.”