Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School has been recognized as a Wells Fargo Cup this time as the Western Slope's 4A winner.
It's the second time in the past six years Steamboat has been honored by the Wells Fargo Cup. Steamboat won at the state level in 1996 when the school was still in the 3A classification.
"It's not something that we shoot for every year, but it's very nice to win," Steamboat Athletics Director Steve Moos said. "It's a neat award because it includes everybody. It rewards a school for its overall extracurricular program and everyone at the school can be proud of it."
The Wells Fargo Cup honors schools for their outstanding all-around success in athletics, music, speech and student leadership at both the league and state levels.
"The Wells Fargo Cup winners represent schools throughout the state that place a premium on conducting first-rate programs in a variety of activities so that they can provide all the benefits of participations to the students they serve," Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Bob Ottewill said. "These schools are the best of many schools in Colorado, which offer their students a wide range of activities in which they can experience success."
Steamboat was among 39 league winners across the state. Merino (1A), Limon (2A), Kent Denver (3A), Central of Grand Junction (4A) and Smoky Hill all earned state honors as the top schools in their respective classifications. State winners will receive a crystal cup trophy and $1,200 for their activities programs. The league winners will receive a brass cup trophy.
"Sponsoring the Wells Fargo Cup gives us an opportunity to recognize schools that are doing an outstanding job of helping prepare tomorrow's business and community leaders," said Tom Honoring, chief operating officer for Wells Fargo Colorado.
"The characteristics of teamwork, perseverance, fair play and commitment that are developed though participation in CHSAA-sanctioned activities will benefit these individuals throughout their lives."
Determination of the winners is made through an objective point system devised by the CHSAA. Points are given for a school's finish in each athletic activity, as well as for participation in the associations' music, speech and student council programs.
Bonus points are awarded for a school's participation in the CHSAA's sportsmanship programs. Bonus points also are awarded for a school winning a state championship, but the focus of the program is on a school's scope of activities and league-level success.
Steamboat scored 178 points this year to earn top honors in the Western Slope's 4A league. Rifle was second with 159.5 points, Moffat County was third with 154 points. Glenwood Springs and Delta were the other two teams considered in the Western Slope League.