**PHOTO ADVISORY** Proos presents trophy to Watervliet Panthers for winning the 2017 spirit tourney

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, on Monday presented a travelling trophy to Watervliet High School in recognition of the school and community winning the senator’s 2017 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, which is designed to inspire students to show off their school pride in fun and imaginative ways.

The social networking contest spanned five weeks and featured 31 area high schools, which were divided into four brackets named for features that characterize Southwest Michigan. The Panthers won the championship by scoring more than 100,000 points and submitting more than 2,700 photos, which received more than 86,000 likes on Facebook.

Watervliet will also receive a special tribute signed by Proos; Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; Congressman Fred Upton; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Gov. Rick Snyder.

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