DWR! Sportsperson of the Year

The IHSA will recognize seven (7) individuals from across the state for their outstanding sportsmanship during interscholastic competition.

How will the program work?

Any IHSA member school whose conference has registered for the Do What's Right! Program or any independent school may nominate one (1) student, male or female, to be considered for this award.

Who will receive the Award?

One student from each of the seven (7) Board Divisions will receive this award. If any of the seven (7) Board Divisions do not have nominees, At-large awards will be presented.

Criteria for Nominees?

  • Student must be a senior at an IHSA member school with a Sportsmanship Program recognized by the IHSA.
  • Student shall not have EVER been ejected from a high school contest.
  • Student must have a minimum of a 2.5/4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Student must have participated in a minimum of two (2) IHSA sponsored sports or activities in his/her senior year.
  • Student must have demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout his/her high school career.

All nomination forms must be completed and received in the IHSA office on or before May 25, 2012. Download the Sportsperson of the Year nomination form. The nominations will be evaluated by the Sportsmanship Advisory Committee. The committee will evaluate each nomination based on the following information:

  • Official Transcript
  • Principal's signature
  • Student's IHSA activity participation record
  • An essay submitted by the nominee
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted by school administrators, teachers, coaches or officials
  • Additional involvement in school and community activities

The winners will be announced during the Summer and presented with a plaque and $500 in October at the IPA conference lunch. If you have any questions, please contact the IHSA office.

2011-12 Winners

  • Francesca Castagna representing Division 1 from De La Salle
  • Katherine McGrath representing Division 2 from Grayslake North
  • Ryan Coyle representing Division 3 from Wheaton St. Francis
  • Connor Frakes representing Division 4 from Rockridge
  • Michael Clevenger representing Division 5 from MacArthur
  • Holly Crocher representing Division 6 from Athens
  • Jessica Hirsch representing Division 7 from Du Quoin

Past Winners

  • Kelly McShea representing Division 3 from Wheaton St. Francis High School
  • Claire Watson representing Division 6 from Riverton High School
  • Tanner Crum representing Division 7 from Mt. Carmel High School
  • Bo Beniac representing At-Large from Lincoln-Way North High School
  • Elizabeth Faber representing Division 1 from Chicago St. Ignatius High School
  • Jeffrey Brown representing Division 2 from Evanston Township High School
  • Colin Webb representing Division 3 from Wilmington High School
  • Katie Janssen representing Division 4 from Minonk Fieldcrest High School
  • Erin McGinnis representing Division 5 from Normal Community West High School
  • Thomas Trau representing Division 6 from East Peoria High School
  • Bret Thixton At-Large from Riverton High School
  • Jennifer Abercrumbie representing Division 1 from Marist High School
  • Katie Yohn representing Division 2 from St. Edward High School
  • Rahul Kamath representing Division 3 from Downers Grove South High School
  • Garrett Mulchrone At-Large from St. Ignatius High School
  • Pat Wamplear representing Division 5 from Champaign Central High School
  • Taylor Pulliam representing Division 6 from Riverton High School
  • Ryan Brown At-Large from Shelbyville High School

  • Ali Haws representing Division 2 from Libertyville High School
  • Catherine Languido representing Division 3 from Lemont High School
  • Brian Peterson representing Division 4 from Fieldcrest High School
  • Melissa McGuire representing Division 5 from St. Teresa High School
  • Ben Wheeler at large representative from Sullivan High School
  • Kimberly Watson representing Division 6 from Riverton High School
  • Allison Baker representing Division 7 from Alton High School