Wisconsin Association Of School Councils

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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 WASCWisconsin Association for Middle Level EducationAWSAWisconsin Interscholastic Athletic AssociationWisconsin 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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