Marcellus Wildcats win Proos’ spirit tournament

LANSING—Sen. John Proos has announced that the champions of the annual Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament are the Marcellus Wildcats.

“Congratulations to the Marcellus Wildcats for winning this year’s school spirit championship, earning back-to-back titles,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I sponsored this competition to inspire people throughout Southwest Michigan to show off their school pride in fun and imaginative ways. Marcellus’ overwhelming display of school spirit should make us all proud.

“I also want to acknowledge the Bridgman Bees and the other schools that once again made this spirit tournament such a tremendous success.”

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. This year, more than 10,000 people participated and submitted hundreds of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Proos’ website to score points for their team.

In the championship round that ended on Friday, Marcellus defeated 2013 champion Bridgman. To earn the title, Marcellus students and supporters scored a total of more than 22,000 points and submitted more than 230 photos, which received more than 30,000 likes on Facebook.

“This was, by every measure, our most active tournament to date and further illustrates that no one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan,” Proos said. “I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in making this spirit contest such a tremendous success. I look forward to continuing to provide this opportunity for our residents to show why Michigan’s Great Southwest is the best place to live, work and play.”

As the champion, Marcellus High School will be presented with a traveling trophy by Proos and also receive a special tribute commending the school for the spirit of its students and community. The tribute will be signed by Proos; Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis; Congressman Fred Upton and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Residents may see all the submitted videos and photos by visiting Proos’ Facebook fan page, “John Proos Southwest Michigan Page.”