Shelton High has been recognized for not only its excellence on the athletic field but also a “Class Act” off of it.
Seniors Haley Adcox and Alyssa Bretan, along with athletic director John Niski, displayed the award — recognizing Shelton High School as one of the 19 high school athletic programs selected as CIAC Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary programs for achievements during the 2017-18 season — to the Board of Education on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
“We take great pride in this honor and hope to see success in the future as a Class Act School,” said Bretan in telling the board members about the school receiving this prestigious recognition.
Brutan said Shelton High was one of the first schools in the state to sign up as a CIAC Class Act School. Now in its third year, the program is a “student-led, student-run” operation overseen by Niske. Bretan said the school committee recently formed a subgroup focused on sportsmanship issues.
The mission, according to the senior, is to make sure Shelton High School abides by CIAC sportsmanship expectations, such as developing and supporting activities that promote student growth and development, setting an example of sportsmanship for other schools to follow, and using athletics to foster healthy competition and a sense of community.
“It is a great honor to have you here,” said schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Clouet. “You are great representatives of the school. It says a lot about your character.”
Shelton High was among the 19 schools selected by the Michaels Cup Committee for the school’s efforts in launching and implementing the CIAC Class Act Schools sportsmanship program. The Class Act School program was launched at the 2016 Sportsmanship Conference and was designed to empower schools and specifically students to enhance sportsmanship.
“The essence of the Class Act Program is for the students to try and take ownership of sportsmanship at their schools — and that is exactly what these schools have done,” said Glenn Lungarini, CAS-CIAC executive director. “The energy and enthusiasm they’ve fostered along with the positivity surrounding their athletic programs is what we are pleased to recognize and highlight as an example.”
All CIAC member schools that have opted in to the voluntary Class Act Schools program were eligible for the Michaels Cup. All Class Act Schools were 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 honorees.
“The committee members were impressed with the manner in which all the Class Act Schools have adopted this program and really made it their own,” said Dr. Beth Smith, Shelton High School principal and Michaels Cup Committee chair, “and we were thrilled to see the creative and thorough approaches the nineteen honorees have used to address sportsmanship challenges.
“The committee understands that, at times, schools have challenges when it comes to sportsmanship or behavior,” added Smith. “The Class Act goal is for schools to utilize the wonderful leadership and energy of its students to promote improvement and to address concerns, and these programs have embraced that challenge.”
This is the second year the Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary program has been tied directly to the Class Act sportsmanship program.