Newnan and Northgate high schools Awarded with GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards

Nov 19, 2019

Palmetto, GA, June 28, 2019 — From figuring out their next steps in life to juggling extracurricular activities and schoolwork, high school students have much to accomplish all while they develop their character and habits that will shape the rest of their lives. For those who engage in athletic activities, this is amplified as they not only worry about their actions in the classroom, but also on the field or court. As the spotlight is often put on student-athletes in many communities, Georgia high schools continue to equip these young adults with the ability to compete with exemplary sportsmanship and class.

Electric cooperatives also strive to improve the lives of young people in communities across the state and understand the importance of shaping and recognizing the leaders of tomorrow. That is why Georgia’s EMCs, including Coweta-Fayette EMC, are proud to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards.

“Every choice a person makes effects what happens down the road,” says Chellie Phillips with Coweta-Fayette EMC. “Teaching student-athletes about character, about treating others with respect, even when it’s hard or if the other person may not deserve it, instills a better attitude in these future leaders that won’t go unnoticed. We are so proud to be able to recognize those who demonstrate these great qualities and encourage them to continue in the future.”

Coweta-Fayette EMC, along with other Georgia EMCs, have presented the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to schools like Newnan High School and Northgate High School since 2006.

To be considered for this award, students, athletes, coaches, spectators and anyone associated with high school activities programs must illustrate outstanding respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility before, during and after athletic competition.

“Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2018-2019,” says Dr. Robin Hines, GHSA Executive Director. “It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program.”

Schools such as Newnan High School and Northgate High School have shown exemplary sportsmanship across a variety of athletics, ranging from athletes to spectators. The Award also extends to anyone involved in the athletic event, which honors both the school and the community.

Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually by EMC representatives during fall athletic events and school assemblies to GHSA-member high schools in 56 regions and seven classifications.

Coweta-Fayette EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity to over 80,000 consumers in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding, South Fulton and Troup counties.

The GHSA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of more than 460 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship, participant safety, fair play and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. The GHSA administers regulations for region and state competition in 18 sports and three activities. For more information, visit

Winners of the 2018-2019 GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award presented by Georgia’s EMCs include:

Class AAAAAAA (7A)
Region 1 – Lowndes High School

Region 2 – Newnan High School

Region 3 – North Cobb High School

Region 4 – Woodstock High School

Region 5 – North Forsyth High School

Region 6 – Collins Hill High School

Region 7 – Berkmar High School

Region 8 – Shiloh High School

Class AAAAAA (6A)
Region 1 – Northside (Warner Robins) High School

Region 2 – Richmond Hill High School

Region 3 – Heritage (Conyers) High School

Region 4 – Charles Drew High School

Region 5 – Northgate High School

Region 6 – River Ridge High School

Region 7 – Cambridge High School

Region 8 – Apalachee High School

Class AAAAA (5A)

Region 1 – Thomas County Central High School

Region 2 – Wayne County High School

Region 3 – Jonesboro High School

Region 4 – Union Grove High School

Region 5 – Clarkston High School

Region 6 – Decatur High School

Region 7 – Woodland (Cartersville) High School

Region 8 – Buford High School

Class AAAA (4A)

Region 1 – Westover High School

Region 2 – West Laurens High School

Region 3 – Burke County High School

Region 4 – North Clayton High School

Region 5 – Troup County High School

Region 6 – Heritage (Catoosa) High School

Region 7 – Blessed Trinity High School

Region 8 – North Oconee High School

Class AAA (3A)

Region 1 – Monroe Area High School

Region 2 – Liberty County High School

Region 3 – Southeast Bulloch High School

Region 4 – Westside (Macon) High School

Region 5 – Pace Academy

Region 6 – Coahulla Creek High School

Region 7 – Cherokee Bluff High School

Region 8 – Hart County High School

Class AA (2A)

Region 1 – Berrien County High School

Region 2 – St. Vincent’s Academy

Region 3 – Northeast High School

Region 4 – Westside (Augusta) High School

Region 5 – Callaway High School

Region 6 – Frederick Douglass High School

Region 7 – Dade County High school

Region 8 – Jasper County High School

Class A

Region 1 – Seminole County High School

Region 2 – Echols County High School

Region 3 – Johnson County High School

Region 4 – Crawford County High School

Region 5 – Atlanta International School

Region 6 – The Walker School

Region 7 – Glascock County High School

Region 8 – Providence Christian Academy

Watch the Awards Videos

Newnan High School
Northgate High School