Ross High School’s student cheering section, known as “The Herd,” was honored at the state boys basketball tournament in Columbus last weekend for being one of 14 finalists from across the state for the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Golden Megaphone Award.
In 2014, the OHSAA created a contest called the “Battle for the Golden Megaphone,” with the goal to promote sportsmanship and positive school spirit from the fans in the increasingly popular student cheering sections at basketball games across the state. The contest looks to promote the positive aspects of student leadership while also allowing the OHSAA to connect more with its member schools and students through social media.
Ross principal Brian Martin said he’s very proud of his school’s spirit.
“We tell our kids to be loud, be proud and be respectful, and constantly remind them to be a positive reflection of our school and our community,” Martin said. “They also know that younger kids are watching them, so there is an obligation for them to set a good example. To be selected as one of 14 finalists from over 800 high schools in the state says a lot about our students and their families. I know I’m biased, but our kids are the best. I love them.”
RHS senior Whitley Arno, a member of “The Herd,” had this to say:
“The Golden Megaphone was a reason to make our student section a fun, positive atmosphere. Having this competition made our school come together to cheer for something we all cared about. It was more than a competition to us … it was a way for us to be leaders for the younger students in our community. All the energy and effort we put into the games was recognized by the Golden Megaphone, and that is what the students and I needed to make this year great and to inspire Herd members in the future.”
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