School spirit Final Four

LANSING — Michigan’s Great Southwest Spirit Tournament, hosted by Sen. John Proos, is down to the Final Four.

“This competition was designed to inspire our students, their schools and their communities to show their school spirit in a fun way that tapped into the idea of ‘March Madness’ and the outreach of social networking,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We have been overwhelmed by the outstanding response to this spirit tournament from people throughout Southwest Michigan.

“We started with 32 Southwest Michigan high schools. We are now down to the Final Four, with the remaining schools winning brackets that were named to highlight features that identify our great region of the state.”

Proos announced that the schools that advanced to the Final Four are the Marcellus Wildcats, Bridgman Bees, Watervliet Panthers, and Hartford Indians. The round will end at noon on Friday, April 12. Winners will move on to the championship round that will end on April 19.

“The Final Four is underway, and we are already getting a lot of great submissions,” Proos said. “Both games look like they are going to come down to the wire, so I encourage students and supporters to help support their school. Get online and vote for your favorite school or be creative and submit a video about why your school should win.”

There are several ways for residents to earn their favorite school points, including submitting videos and photos via Twitter. Once images are submitted, they will be posted on Proos’ Facebook fan page, where the school will earn a bonus point for each person who ‘Likes’ it.”

Sending a tweet to @JohnMProos or posting a tweet that includes the school name and #SWMISpirit will also earn a school points.

“I decided to host this school spirit tournament competition to foster creativity and showcase the pride I know our community has for our outstanding schools,” Proos said. “To date, thousands of Southwest Michigan residents have participated, hundreds of photos have been submitted and dozens of videos have been posted. It is a display of spirit that should make us all proud.”

To follow the competition or to see submitted videos and photos, visit Proos’ Facebook fan page, “John Proos Southwest Michigan Page.” Complete rules and information and an online poll is also available on Proos’ website at


Editor’s Note – A video montage of submitted images is available by visiting the senator’s webpage at Click on the Video tab.

All photos and videos submitted for the competition are available on the senator’s Facebook fan page: John Proos Southwest Michigan Page.