STONINGTON — Stonington High's athletic program was one of 20 in the state to received the CIAC's Michaels Achievement Cup.

The selections were announced on the CIAC website Wednesday.

The schools were selected by a committee for their efforts in launching and implementing the CIAC Class Act Schools sportsmanship program, according to a post on the CIAC website.

The Class Act School program was launched at the 2016 Sportsmanship Conference and was designed to empower schools and specifically students to enhance sportsmanship.

“The Class Act Sportsmanship program guides schools in creating a positive atmosphere through the passion of sport,” Glenn Lungarini, CAS-CIAC executive director said in the post on the website. “The CIAC is proud to recognize our Michaels Cup recipients for their creativity in inspiring school spirit within their student bodies. We encourage all 115 CIAC Class Act schools to continue their commitment toward engaging fans, athletes, coaches, and officials in high standards of sportsmanship.”

Ledyard was the only other ECC schools to receive the honor.

The Michaels Achievement Cup program was created in the early 1980s as the brainchild of Roy Michaels, the owner of Michaels Jewelers, in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. The program recognized yearly winners since that time, and then in 2008 transitioned directly to CIAC administration of the program.

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