The Idaho High School Activities Association announced the 2015-16 winners of the Schools of Excellence program earlier today.
The Schools of Excellence program is a yearlong, voluntary initiative where schools earn points in three areas: athletics, academics and citizenship. The citizenship component consists of a self-evaluation conducted by the school. Points are deducted for any unsportsmanlike ejections throughout the year.
Eagle High School is the 5A School of Excellence. In 2015-16, Eagle picked up four state championships and two academic state championships. They scored 98 percent on the citizenship evaluation and had no ejections in any sport. Fellow West Ada schools Rocky Mountain and Mountain View followed in second and third, respectively.
Bishop Kelly High School is the 4A School of Excellence. Over the past year, they won state championships in four sports and academic state championships in five sports. In the citizenship self-evaluation, they scored 94 percent with one ejection. Century High School finished second and Twin Falls High School finished third.
Shelley High School is the 3A School of Excellence. The Russets picked up four state championships and two academic state championships in 2015-16. They had no ejections and scored 98 percent on the citizenship self-evaluation. Emmett High School finished second and Buhl High School finished third.
Declo High School is the 2A School of Excellence. In 2015-16, they won one state championship and five academic state championships. They scored 90 percent on their citizenship self-evaluation with one ejection. They were followed by St. Maries High School in second and Salmon High School in third.
Oakley High School is the 1AD1 School of Excellence. Last year, they won one state championship and appeared in 10 tournaments. They scored 89 percent on the citizenship self-evaluation and had one ejection. They are followed by second-place Genesee and third-place Glenns Ferry.
Community School is the 1AD2 School of Excellence. They had no championships this year but were the runner-up in both girls tennis and boys soccer. The Cutthroats had one academic state champion. They scored 82 percent on the citizenship self-evaluation and had no ejections. Deary High School was second and Logos School was third.
Schools with above a 90 percent on the citizenship self-evaluation and no ejections or incidents of unsportsmanlike behavior at state tournaments receive an Award of Excellence certificate. The 2015-16 recipients are: Eagle, Rocky Mountain, Centennial, Shelley, South Fremont, Parma, St. Maries, West Jefferson, Genesee, Glenns Ferry, Clark County, Garden Valley and Richfield.
The 2015-16 Schools of Excellence recipients are honored at the IHSAA Annual Meeting on August 3 at the Boise Centre.
IHSAA Express, May 2016
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