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Berkmar High Garners Two Top Sportsmanship Awards

Two schools in Gwinnett County, including Lilburn's Berkmar High, are at the top of the class when it comes to sportsmanship.

is among two Gwinnett County schools recently recognized for its well-regarded sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship displayed during athletic events earned the Lilburn school recognition from the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and Georgia’s EMCs (Electric Membership Cooperatives). Both organizations presented the Berkmar High Patriots with the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship award, according to a press release from the Gwinnett County Public Schools. 

It honors student athletes and supporters for "exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship" in competition, the press release stated. 

Duluth High School was the other program recognized.

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"This award is not only an honor for the individual school, but also recognition for the community as whole," said Mike Emery, the school district’s director of athletics, in the press release. "It reinforces the GHSA philosophy that 'students, athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.'"

The GHSA selected winners based on the sportsmanship demonstrated by school communities in the 2011-2012 school year. Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are awarded annually to the GHSA-member high schools in the 40 regions from the five classifications by representatives from the EMCs during fall athletic events and school assemblies.

Berkmar High is recognized within Region 8-AAAAA, and Duluth High received its award among Region 7-AAAAA competitors.

The GHSA and EMCs have recognized school communities for their exemplary behavior since 2006.

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Lilburn Community Partnership August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Congratulations, Berkmar. You have a proud legacy and this award is well deserved.
John Cook September 27, 2012 at 04:59 AM
It's a pity the SAT scores at Berkmar and Meadowcreek are below the County average. http://lilburn.patch.com/articles/parkview-third-among-gwinnett-cluster-high-schools-in-sat-scores?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001 These are not the students that dropped out. Taking the SAT usually indicates a desire for college. It's sad that some students in some schools are merely written off and dismissed by our School Board members. What is the plan to get these students' education up to par?

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