awarded Exemplary Achievement status by IHSAA
Prairie High School was the second ranked school in Class 1A, Division I for 2009-10 Idaho High School Activities Association Schools of Excellence status.
They were awarded Exemplary Achievement Status as a runner-up.
Challis High School was the 1A, Division I winner with Cascade High School in third place.
In the six IHSAA classifications, Prairie was the only school in the Pacific Time Zone to finish among the top 3 in their class.
The IHSAA "Schools of Excellence" initiative is a year-long, voluntary program in which schools earn points based on their student-athletesí performance in the classroom, at the athletic venue, in activitiesí competitions and in the area of citizenship and sportsmanship. The participating schools in each classification with the best overall programs will be recognized at the IHSAA Annual Meeting, August 4.
The three major areas of high school activities are weighted equally in determining recipients of the award.
The Academic Component is based on the varsity team's cumulative GPA as submitted on the State Academic Champions application for all IHSAA sponsored sports programs.
The Athletic/Activity Component is based on place of finish at IHSAA-sponsored state championships and activity program competitions.
The Citizenship Component is based on a school's self-evaluation of their citizenship/sportsmanship activities as submitted on an itemized form. Deductions are made by the IHSAA for player and/or coach unsportsmanlike ejections and also for unsportsmanlike school behavior at state tournaments.