2017 Sunshine State Spirit Showdown Champion Announced

Contact: Kyle Niblett
Florida High School Athletic Association

Fort Walton Beach Crowned 2017 Sunshine State Spirit Showdown Champion

Click play on the following video to view the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Announcement:

Gainesville, Fla. (3/13/17) – Athletics bring people together, unifying them under a common goal. School spirit sections add another level to sport, deepening the passion, fire and drive within student-athletes. The Sunshine State Spirit Showdown was a contest developed to promote sportsmanship and share school enthusiasm across the state of Florida. The 2017 champion, Fort Walton Beach, did just that!
Fort Walton Beach overcame seven other schools to earn the title of the best student section in the state. The members of the FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee scored the entries on the criteria of sportsmanship, participation, organization of students, and spirit conveyed through the submissions. Fans showed their support by voting for their favorite video via social media, which contributed to the overall scores.
“We were really impressed by the organization, passion, and creativity in Fort Walton Beach’s submission,” said senior Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member Natalie Chapman. “It was exciting to watch all the finalists’ videos. It made selecting a winner very difficult!”
The FHSAA will present a commemorative plaque and a personalized banner to Fort Walton Beach at a ceremony to honor their student section and all the effort they put in to showcase their school pride. After also having won this award in 2015, Fort Walton Beach is the only school in FHSAA history to be named a Sunshine State Spirit Showdown Champion twice!
Fort Walton Beach’s video along with the videos submitted by the seven other finalists can be found on the FHSAA’s YouTube Channel.

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.