The 2016-2017 Sportsmanship Award was presented to Catoctin High School (CHS) by the Central Maryland Conference (CMC). Athletic directors and principals from all ten schools in the CMC review the conduct of coaches, student-athletes, parents, spectators, and fans during the school year and then vote for the school that has demonstrated model sportsmanship.
Catoctin High School Athletic Director Kevin McMullen believes that the philosophy of the athletic program at CHS is the reason for the recognition. Student-athletes, along with parents and fans, are encouraged to serve as role models when representing CHS during all sporting events, as well as in the classroom and at any community event. Students and their parents are first introduced to this philosophy during the “Meet the Coaches” program and then reminded of these goals after the teams are chosen. The athletic program and the character education program at CHS are interrelated; athletics is part of the educational process and good behavior is encouraged at all times.
Students at CHS participate in cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field. McMullen said that at the varsity level, none of the CHS athletes or coaches were ejected from any competition during the entire school year. He is very proud of the way the coaches and students conduct themselves.
Pictured from left are Catoctin High School Athletic Director Kevin McMullen, FCPS Supervisor of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities Kevin Kendro, and Catoctin High School Principal Bernard Quesada.