The walls of high school gymnasiums are places where special achievements are prominently recognized.
Championship-winning teams and record-setting athletes are acknowledged in those spaces, showing off their achievements to spectators and offering a source of inspiration to current and future athletes.
In New Jersey, those banners aren’t limited to athletic achievements. Thanks to a program administered by the NJSIAA, a select number of schools are annually awarded sportsmanship banners that they can display with pride alongside any others that are earned through athletic competition.
A total of 79 schools will soon be receiving an NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner as a reward for their conduct during the 2018-19 school year.
Each conference has its own criteria for selecting its recipients, usually presenting a banner to a school representing each of its divisions.
For instance, the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference had seven of its member schools - Morristown, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Lenape Valley, Newton, Boonton and Dover - selected to receive the yellow and blue banners.
Morris Hills will soon be displaying its banner on a wall in its gym.
“We hang these banners proudly in our gym as they recognize our collective commitment to keeping sportsmanship as the top priority within our entire athletic program,” said Rob Haraka, the athletic director at the Rockaway school. “It's a real credit to our coaching staff who lead by example and our student-athletes who represent our school community in a positive manner.”
Click on link below for a complete list of the schools recognized for their sportsmanship for the 2018-19 school year.