Once again, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been named a leader in sportsmanship. This year, four VBCPS high schools earned the 2017-18 Claudia Dodson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award, which, according to the Virginia High School League (VHSL), recognizes member schools that have established policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority and an expectation within the school and school community.
First Colonial, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Salem high schools were all recipients this year. Only 24 high schools in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia earned this honor, meaning 1 out of every 6 awards given were from right here in Virginia Beach.
To qualify for the awards, schools must provide the VHSL a self-reflection on its practices, a peer review and three peer recommendations. Part of this review process involves reporting of the number of ejections from school competitions.
For this year’s honorees, the award has been a consistent achievement. First Colonial has earned the honor 14 times; Landstown has earned it 12 times; Ocean Lakes has 19; and Salem has 11.
For a complete list of winners and for more information about the award, visit vhsl.com.