The Berlin High School athletic program was honored Thursday night as one of the Michaels Achievement Cup honorees for its achievements for the 2016-17 academic year.
Berlin was one of 14 schools selected by the Michaels Cup Committee for their efforts in launching and implementing the CIAC Class Act Schools sportsmanship program, which is designed to empower schools and specifically students to enhance sportsmanship.
The other schools recognized Amity High School, Bloomfield High School, Brookfield High School, Cheshire High School, Glastonbury High School, Killingly High School, New Milford High School, Oliver Wolcott Technical, Shepaug Valley High School, Simsbury High School, Suffield High School, The Gilbert School and Westbrook High School.
“These 14 schools with the creative and enthusiasm of their students have exemplified what we hoped the Class Act School program would be” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff said. “This group has demonstrated the impact that student leaders can have on challenging issues such as sportsmanship when they are empowered to make a difference.”
All CIAC member schools that have opted into the voluntary Class Act Schools program were eligible for the Michaels Cup. The schools were then given the opportunity to fill out an application consisting of several questions regarding the ways the Class Act program was implemented and the impact that has come as a result. The Sportsmanship Committee then studied the applications and selected the 14 honorees.
This is the first year the Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary program has been tied directly to the Class Act sportsmanship program, a program that 84 member schools have opted to join as of this release.
“The committee members were pleased in the manner in which all of the Class Act Schools have embraced this program and we felt these 14 schools have gone above and beyond at this stage in implementing programs and activities and have made the Class Act program their own” said Beth Smith, the Michaels Cup Committee Chairperson. “The committee is interested in how schools handle sportsmanship issues, empowering student input and their creative, proactive suggestions for communicating sportsmanship expectations, limiting sportsmanship concerns and correcting behavior when expectations are not met.”