St. Edmond High School finished in fourth place among all 2A high schools in Bank Iowa's Traveling Challenge Cup for the 2010-11 year.
According to Debbie DeCamp, Bank Iowa marketing coordinator, the award recognizes "Iowa high schools for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and fine arts."
"We want to recognize Iowa high school students, not just for sports, but academics as well, and also recognizing the fine arts, because we believe that's an important part of high school as well."
The school scored 705 points in the championship. The first-place winner earned 770 points.
St. Edmond Principal John Howard said it was an honor for the school.
"It's a great acknowledgment for our athletes, our coaches. our parents, our school community," he said. "We did a tremendous job over that year and it was recognized by Bank Iowa."
The school has participated in the contest before, and done equally as well, Howard said.
"We were around that same number a couple of years ago, and I would expect that this year we'll be around that same number again," he said.
Howard said he appreciates that the award considers not only athletics, but also drama and speech.
"I'm very proud of that ranking because of the different things it actually looks at," he said. "It not only looks at athletics, it also looks at fine arts, and is a very good indicator of how we do in all of our extracurriculars."
In the contest, schools earn points for participating in and finishing sports playoffs and championships, and also recognizes band, speech and debate teams in competition. Teams also get points for their cumulative grade-point average, DeCamp said.
"A team, even if it doesn't make it to the championships or playoffs, they can still get 25 points for academics if they meet the requirements of the athletic association," she said.
The award was started in 2007 in conjunction with the Iowa High School Sports Network. The school's statistics are available at its website, www.ihssn.com.
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