Charlottesville, Va. (July 31, 2014) – A record 44 high schools have been awarded the 2013-14 Claudia Dodson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award, which recognizes member schools that have established policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority and an expectation within the school and school community.
“I consider this to be the Virginia High School League’s most prestigious award,” said VHSL assistant director Tom Dolan. “It’s the only award that the entire school is graded on.”
There is no limit on the number of schools that might be recognized in a given year; selection is based on whether or not the school meets the criteria which utilizes a self-assessment checklist of 50 points relating to administration, coaches, student-athletes, cheerleaders, performance groups, student support, parents and spectators.
The total score is then adjusted by deducting points for student-athlete ejections, coach ejections and inappropriate behavior at state championship events. Using the adjusted score, a school must score 90 percent or better to qualify.
The award was renamed in 2007 to honor the memory of Claudia Dodson, a VHSL Assistant Director from 1971-2002 and a National High School Fame 2003 inductee, who passed away in 2007.
This year’s award winners from Loudoun County:
- John Champe High School – (1st recognition)
- Dominion High School – (2nd recognition)
- Heritage High School, Leesburg – (4th recognition)
- Park View High School, Sterling – (12th recognition)
- Tuscarora High School – (2nd recognition)