The Michigan High School Athletic Association has named St. Johns as one of the five finalists for its “Battle of the Fans IV” competition.
According to the MHSAA’s press release, “Battle of the Fans IV” will reward the cheering section that best creates the positive and festive atmosphere made possible when students show enthusiasm, togetherness and sportsmanship while rooting for their team.
“We’ve had a group of students from every grade, for the last four years, that we’ve brought along as our Athletic Leadership Committee,” said Chris Ervin, St. Johns’ athletic director. “We take them to different leadership summits within the MHSAA.
“It all started with that group. They’ve come back with ideas for the student section. They went to their second conference this fall and decided they wanted to do a video for Battle of the Fans contention. They had an influence on the rest of the student body — the students have bought in. We’re thrilled.”
St. Johns, which is the first Lansing-area school to be recognized for the award, will be visited by MHSAA staff and members of its Student Advisory Council during its Feb. 6 matchup against Haslett High School.
A video of the winner, which will be announced on Feb. 20, will be presented — along with the other finalists — on the Breslin Center HD scoreboard during the finals in March. Also, the champion will be recognized during the boys basketball semifinals on March 27.
“We are thrilled to see the excitement students have generated at each and every one of the schools that chose to participate in Battle of the Fans IV,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council, in the press release.
“All should be proud of their entries, and more importantly, proud of the positive impact they’re having on their schools and communities.”