Madie Monk Earns Manteno Middle School's Scholar Attitude Award
Madie Monk: "In life, sportsmanship is key."
Manteno Middle School eighth grader Madie Monk was the recipient of the 2014 Scholar Attitude Award for her essay on The Value of Sportsmanship.
"Goooooo Team! I believe that sportsmanship is very important," she wrote.
"One reason is because you need it in every asset of life, whether it is sports, academics, or just life in general.
"Another reason is because it helps you behave in a civilized manner during a sporting, or academic event so you can represent your school. "One reason I believe sportsmanship is important is because you need it wherever you go. In sports, you need to have sportsmanship so your teammates, coaches, and fans can act appropriately throughout the whole game, win or lose.
"At school, you need to have sportsmanship because it is not very nice to rub in someone's face that you did better, or that you got a better score than him or her.
"In life, sportsmanship is key. You could get into a lot of trouble for bragging to people and saying that you are better than they are.
"A quote by Jim Courier says, 'Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.' I think this is valid because whether you win or lose, you should walk off the court, field, or arena, with sportsmanship, dignity, and pride. "Another reason I believe sportsmanship is important is because it helps you to behave in a civilized manner to represent your school. To even be on a team you have to be a civilized person with a lot of sportsmanship.
"It is also very important for fans to act civilized during sporting or academic events. They represent your team and school just like you do when you are on the field or court. You don't want your school to look bad, do you? Then I would recommend that you act with good sportsmanship so the other team can walk away and say, wow that was a really great school we just played. "I believe that sportsmanship is very important. One reason is because you need sportsmanship in every asset of your life. Another reason is because it helps you to behave in a civilized manner so you can represent your school in a good fashion.
"That is why sportsmanship is important to me. Why is it important to you?"