WESTON,Conn. -- Weston High School won the Michael’s Achievement Cup from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for its outstanding achievement as an overall athletics program for the 2012-13 academic year.
The announcement was made Thursday at the seventh-annual CIAC Sportsmanship Conference where each of the 17 schools recognized as CIAC Michael’s Achievement Cup exemplary programs were honored.
Weston also won the award in 2008 and has been recognized as an exemplary program in each year since 2008.
“It’s a great honor and we really appreciate the honor,” said Weston athletic director Mark Berkowtiz said. “It speaks volumes to what our kids and coaches do every day in school, on the field, and when they are out representing us in our community and other communities. I feel really proud of them for all they accomplish.”
Weston was recognized based on sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement. The selection committee recognized Weston’s strong organization and accountability for all members of the athletic department, and the strong criteria in place to evaluate all personnel. There was also a strong commitment to sportsmanship and general supportive atmosphere for athletics. On the field, Weston earned five CIAC Championships in 2012-13, and was second in five other sports.
The Michael’s Achievement Cup selection process includes mathematical calculation of collected survey data and consideration of the Michael’s Cup Committee, which includes school administrators and media members.
Fairfield Ludlowe and Notre Dame-Fairfield were among the other schools that earned recognition as exemplary programs.
The Michael’s Achievement Cup was created in the early 1980s as the brainchild of Roy Michaels, the owner of Michaels Jewelry, in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. The program recognized yearly winners since that time, and then in 2008 transitioned directly to CIAC oversight of the program.
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