Vista Murrieta High School Wins National Spirit Award

Vista Murrieta High School's commitment to school spirit was recognized Friday, Sept. 25 when the school was named winner of a national...


Vista Murrieta High School's commitment to school spirit was recognized Friday, Sept. 25 when the school was named winner of a national "America's Most Spirited High School" contest, including a cash award of $25,000.

The announcement was made before the entire student body during a pep rally in the school quad by representatives of Varsity Brands, a national company providing varsity gear and promoting school spirit. Vista Murrieta beat out three other finalists -- Enterprise High of Enterprise, Alabama; Greenwood High of Greenwood, Arkansas; and Richardson High of Richardson, Texas.

High schools across the country were invited to enter the contest, which called for each school to submit a 90-second video, a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation and several photos demonstrating its school spirit. High schools from 33 states were represented in the contest, according to a news release from Varsity Brands.

The video submitted by Vista Murrieta received the most votes in a nationwide online contest. The video included footage from sports events, pep rallies and other student activities that show Vista's school spirit.

Fans across the country from nearly every state were encouraged to vote online at nationalschoolspiritday.org. Friday's announcement recognized National School Spirit Day, which was founded in 2009 by National Spirit, a business partner with Varsity Brands.

Vista Murrieta High School principal Mick Wager called the award the result of a positive culture established at the school. He said a study showed that 85 percent of the student body is involved in some kind of extracurricular school activity and that students display pride in their school and respect for one another. Not one student fight was recorded at the school all of last school year, and attendance at special events is very high.

For a video of today's pep rally and announcement, click below.



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