Whitehaven’s Hunter Honored With Most Spirited Principal Award
Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition, announced the winners of the 4th Annual Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards, presented by BSN SPORTS, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones and held on May 11th in Florida.
Whitehaven High School’s Dr. Vincent Hunter is recipient of the Most Spirited Principal Award.
The School Spirit Awards honor the very best of America’s high schools across 25 categories by recognizing outstanding schools, organizations and individuals that go above and beyond to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit. This year’s event was co-hosted by Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Laurie Hernandez and Pennsylvania-based teacher Richard Curtis, best known for his appearances as co-host on Live! With Kelly.
“At Varsity Brands, we are dedicated to inspiring achievement and creating memorable experiences for young people, and the School Spirit Awards represents our signature event in this respect,” said Adam Blumenfeld, CEO of Varsity Brands. “These awards bring together the best of what we do at Varsity Brands’ three businesses: BSN SPORTS, Varsity Spirit, and Herff Jones and we’re honored to shine the spotlight on the people who exhibit personal, school and community pride in their schools and local communities.”
“Varsity Brands is proud to celebrate the motivated, engaged and passionate individuals who ensure that school spirit remains a priority in school communities,” added Nicole Lauchaire, Executive Director of the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. “The award winners are unsung heroes and are absolutely essential to reinforcing the strong correlation between school spirit, involvement, achievement and self-confidence. We are honored to recognize them and their positive contributions across the country.”
Ms. Hernandez concluded, “Through my gymnastics career, I’ve learned that it takes a village. From my coaches to fellow athletes to my fans, we get to the next level by working hard and supporting each other within our communities, just like those being recognized by the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. It’s an honor to be surrounded by people who are dedicated to school spirit and achievement.”
Varsity Brands was inspired to introduce the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards after receiving a flood of exceptional entries for its America’s Most Spirited High School Contest in 2015. Varsity Brands’ research has affirmed a direct correlation between school spirit, community and school involvement, academic achievement and self-confidence. According to a Harris Poll and subsequent white paper published in 2014, for example, 92 percent of principals agree that high school spirit is tied to high academic achievement, and 90 percent of students with high levels of school spirit are more likely to be leaders.
Watch the full Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards Show on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, June 16 at 12:00 PM ET. The complete list of winners is below, as well as available on varsitybrands.com/awards.