Fort Walton Beach selected winner of second annual Sunshine State Spirit Showdown

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s not about if your team wins or loses. It’s about the pride you take in your school and how it brings students and a community together. Packing the stands at every game, standing together to support your team and cheering the players on no matter what the score of the game is exemplifies what it means to have school spirit.

Fort Walton Beach was announced today as the winner of the second annual Sunshine State Spirit Showdown. Designed to promote sportsmanship and school spirit in communities throughout the state, the contest featured nine finalists with Fort Walton Beach being crowned the 2015 champions.

“Our pride of our school is far greater than a number that you could put on a scoreboard,” Fort Walton Beach video entry editor Austin Shaw told the Northwest Florida Daily News in February.

The videos were judged on sportsmanship, participation, passion, organization of student body, creativity and entertainment by the 16-member FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. As the winners of this year’s award, Fort Walton Beach will be presented with a commemorative plaque and a personalized banner at an award ceremony at the school.

“Fort Walton Beach demonstrated the effect an active, excited school and community could have on positive sportsmanship and school spirit,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member and Archimedean Upper Conservatory School student Antonio Menarde. “Their video was enthralling and climactic; it kept us at the edge of our seats.”

Fort Walton Beach’s winning video, along with videos from the other eight finalists, can be viewed on the FHSAA’s YouTube channel.