Originally founded in the 1920s to regulate
athletic competition, the WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION (WHSAA)
has become much more than a regulatory agency. The WHSAA has survived
on the premise of providing service to all member schools while promoting,
coordinating, and controlling interscholastic activities in Wyoming.
The purpose of the WHSAA is to insure that interscholastic activities in Wyoming are administered in a manner that is safe and fair to all. The Association is matched in every state and Canadian province by their own particular associations, all belonging to the National Federation of State High School Associations, which provide a means for State High School Associations to coordinate, to enhance, and to protect their interscholastic programs.
The mission of the WHSAA, both as a service and regulatory organization, is to coordinate the efforts of the member schools toward the ultimate objectives of interscholastic activities. Unification through the WHSAA provides the means for member schools to cooperate in protecting and enhancing their interscholastic programs to more effectively serve students.
Any public or private high school accredited by the Wyoming State Department of Education or which meets requirements designated by the WHSAA Board of Directors may become member schools of the WHSAA, which is guided by a Board of Directors and managed by a commissioner. Elected by the vote of member schools for a three year term, the Board members represent each classification and each of four geographic administrative regions. In addition, two members elected by the Wyoming School Boards Association and a staff person from the Wyoming State Department of Education are voting members.
The WHSAA fosters leadership for students
through activities in fine arts, vocation education, and athletics. The
activity programs of the WHSAA are available to all Wyoming high school
students belonging to a member high school or affiliate member school.
The programs include art, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, drama,
football, golf, gymnastics, indoor track, journalism, music, skiing, soccer,
speech and debate, student council, swimming, tennis, track & field,
volleyball, and wrestling. In addition the WHSAA acts as the coordinating
agency for the vocational activities DECA, FBLA, FFA,
The WHSAA believes that interscholastic activities programs are essential to the education of youth, and therefore, are an integral part of the school curriculum. By promoting activities, the Association establishes its belief that Wyoming youth gain immeasurable values from these programs and reaffirms its conviction that excellence in education can be achieved through activities.
Over the past years, the WHSAA has experienced
an ever increasing demand from schools, students, and communities to provide
them with the necessary services to meet the needs of growing activities
programs and the information required to manage them effectively.
In addition to coordinating all culminating events, the Association serves as a clearing house for all activities, rules information, records, and Association information. Acting as the representative for high school activities, the WHSAA also works with other education-related agencies to ensure the place of co-curricular activities in the education spectrum.
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