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Glynn Academy Presented GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

September 22nd, 2021

Helping to shape future citizens of the community is something close to the heart of each electric membership cooperative (EMC) throughout the state. When engaged in athletic competition, high school students have one goal in mind: victory. But beyond wins and losses, one of the greatest lessons learned from competing in high school athletics is the ability to compete with class and sportsmanship. That is why Okefenoke REMC is proud to announce Glynn Academy in Brunswick as a winner of a 2020-2021 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award.

 “Okefenoke REMC advocates for educating the whole student—academically, physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally—to promote future servant leaders,” notes OREMC Member Service Representative Dewayne Johns. “The Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award recognizes schools and communities that work together toward those same goals. This isn’t just an athletic award, but one that celebrates cooperative efforts between schools and communities in supporting education. We applaud Glynn Academy’s tenacity and commitment to it students and the greater Brunswick community’s support in fostering our collective future.”

Glynn Academy Principal Matthew Blackstone was thrilled to accept the award on the school’s behalf saying, “Glynn Academy is proud of the recognition and the responsibility that comes with this award. I am personally very proud of the work the teachers, staff and coaches have done to promote a positive learning and coaching environment for our school. And we have an amazing community. With all the hurdles this community has seen and to still come together and support our children’s growth is a sight to see day in and day out.”

OREMC, along with other EMCs in Georgia, have presented the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to GHSA-member high schools in 56 regions and seven classifications each year since 2006 to emphasize, encourage and reward positive behavior in athletics. To be considered for recognition, students, athletes, coaches, spectators and anyone else associated with high school activities programs must display respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility before, during and after competition.

“Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2020-2021,” says Dr. Robin Hines, GHSA executive director. “It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program.”

Glynn Academy, along with the other GHSA-member schools honored with this award, saw their representatives demonstrate a high-level of honorable behavior across all sports throughout the school year and among many different groups, ranging from students, coaches, parents, spectators and officials. With the award serving as a compliment to anyone involved with the school’s athletic events, this is an award not just for the school, but for the entire community.

Founded in 1904, the GHSA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of more than 460 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship, participant safety, fair play and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. The GHSA administers regulations for region and state competition in 21 sports and three activities. For more information, visit

Pictured are (l-r) Steve Waters, Athletic Director for Glynn County Schools; Dewayne Johns, OREMC Member Service Representative; Joe Loomis, OREMC Board Director; Matthew Blackstone, Glynn Academy Principal; Jeff Parker, Glynn Academy Assistant Principal; Marcus Long, Tennis Coach; and Autumn Roberts, Cheerleading Coach.


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