Derry Area was presented with the 2020-2021 WPIAL Sportsmanship Award for the fifth time.

Hunter and I represented Derry Area at the assembly where we received our banner.

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Hunter and I represented Derry Area at the assembly where we received our banner.

Isaiah Jewett participated in the men’s 800 meter at the Tokyo Olympics running for the United States. With the silver medal in sight and well within his reach, he collided with Nijel Amos who was running for Botswana. The two men both fell on the track, yet Jewett could easily reach the line and claim his medal. Instead, he turned around, slung Amos over his shoulder, and assisted him to the finish line where they would both cross, finishing the race together. Jewett’s second place silver medal quickly changed from seeing second to last place. 

“I was so mad because I felt like I had a chance,” said Jewett. “I learned from all the superhero animations I watch, regardless of how mad you are, you have to be a hero at the end of the day. That was my version of trying to be a hero.” 

Sportsmanship is simple. Achievable by anyone at any time. Sportsmanship is a high five, a “thank you,” a “good work,” or offering a helping hand up. Sportsmanship is being welcoming and friendly to opponents and spectators. Sportsmanship is being appreciative of the officials and their efforts. Sportsmanship is respect. 

On November 17, 2021, Derry was presented with the 2020-2021 WPIAL Sportsmanship Award. Derry doesn’t just meet, but exceeds the expectations of sportsmanship. We were one of five schools to earn the distinction, and for us, it’s the fifth time since 2000. 

Having the opportunity to attend the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit was a true eyeopener as to just how important sportsmanship is. Hearing how acts of kindness, support, and encouragement have brought together not only teams but their surrounding communities demonstrates how impactful sportsmanship is to the athletic population.

By winning this award, it shows how athletes at Derry encourage not just each other but others as well, and how students go the extra mile to support their community.