Six individuals representing Iola-Scandinavia High School and the community recently attended the 2012 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit in Stevens Point.
Representatives from 67 Wisconsin high schools attended the summit at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center. Each school was represented by a team of students, school administrators, coaches, school board members and community leaders. I-S representatives were students Emily Sether, Chase Przybylski, Isaac Lashua and Brianne Huettner; teacher Stacy Bestul; and Thunderbird Booster Club president Tony Neumann.
The mission of the Sportsmanship Summit is to strengthen the principles of sportsmanship by promoting teamwork through networking and the sharing of resources and installing the motivation to make a difference.
“It was great to see all the youth from across the state come together to be educated in positive sportsmanship,” Neumann said.
The summit featured two keynote speakers and three time slots for five different break-out presentations which focused on the ideals of sportsmanship and citizenship.
“The highlight of our day was our keynote speaker, Craig Hillier,” Bestul said. “He was energetic and motivating to the student/athletes. He had great stories to share relating back to the central theme that you as an individual can make a difference.”
“The presenters all talked about sportsmanship through their perspective, whether it was a coach or official,” Bestul said. “The presentations gave the students something to think about and take back to their respective teams.”