The Grand County High School Red Devils can be just a little more proud of themselves, collectively, after the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (UIAAA) announced that the school has been awarded its “Directors Cup” in the 2A classification for the 2016-17 academic year.
The cup, now in its seventh year, is awarded to the school achieving the highest cumulative point total in each classification based on state tournament results in all sports (boys and girls) and a successful implementation of the “Raise The Bar” sportsmanship initiative, which stresses respect, teamwork, responsibility, honesty, integrity and leadership in the lives of student-athletes.
Grand County activities director Ron Dolphin said the award, which the Red Devils last won in 2013, is recognition of the athletic and academic excellence for which the school is renowned for.
“When this Director’s Cup started, it was a way of recognizing schools with student-athletes who work hard not only in sports, but also achieve in the classroom,” Dolphin said.
The top 16 teams in each sport and classification received points based on how their teams finished in the state championships. Those victories count for 40 percent of the Directors Cup total score. Each school could also submit their respective team GPAs to the UIAAA. The top 16 teams in each sport and classification received points based on how their team’s GPA rank compared to other schools in their classification, which also counted for 40 percent of the total score.
Every school, regardless of team GPAs or how it placed in any state tournament, also received points from the successful implementation of the Raise The Bar program.