FHSAA Sunshine State Spirit Showdown Returns For Fifth Year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) is accepting entries for the fifth annual Sunshine State Spirit Showdown until Feb. 1.

The Sunshine State Spirit Showdown is a competition that determines the best student section in the state of Florida. It was created in 2013 with the purpose of promoting positive sportsmanship and providing a community-wide feel of enthusiasm for high school athletics.

All FHSAA member schools are encouraged to submit a 90-second to three-minute video showcasing their school spirit. The video must include at least 30 seconds stating why their school has the best student section and spirit in the state.

The FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will meet on March 16 to evaluate each entry. Schools will be judged on sportsmanship, participation, school spirit, fun, originality, creativity and organization.

The entries will also be uploaded to the FHSAA’s YouTube channel to give fans the chance to vote for their favorite through a Survey Monkey link. Voting is open Feb. 12-March 15 and will provide schools a chance to earn up to 10 more points.

The scores from both the SAAC and fans will determine a winner, which will be announced March 19. That school will be presented with a plaque and a banner on a later date.

Past winners include Clay High School, River Ridge High School and Fort Walton Beach High School.

For more information about the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, visit http://www.fhsaa.org/departments/special-programs/sunshine-state-spirit-showdown.

For updates, follow @FHSAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Use #FLSquad, the official hashtag for the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, to join the conversation.

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About the FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.