LaSata’s spirit tournament starts March 2

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Kim LaSata announced Friday that the popular Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament has returned for another year and begins Monday, March 2.

“The Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament has been a popular communitywide event, bringing together students, parents, alumni, and residents in support of our great schools,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “I am confident this year’s rule changes will make it even easier to participate and simplify scoring. I encourage everyone to join in and continue to show that no one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan.”

As before, the 31 area high schools in the tournament will be divided into four brackets, like in the NCAA basketball tournament. The schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest with those earning the most points advancing to the next round each week.

Voting will take place at,, or both.

On Facebook, each matchup in each round will feature a graphic of the competing schools’ mascots. To vote, participants will “react” to the original posted graphic with a “Haha” to vote for one school or a “Wow” to vote for the other. Each graphic will indicate which reaction method to use for each school.

The second way to participate will be on LaSata’s website. Each week a new poll will be posted, allowing participants to select their favorite school in each round’s matchups.

At the end of each round, the votes from Facebook and the website poll will be combined and winning schools will advance to the next round until a winner is determined on Friday, April 3.

Please contact LaSata’s office at 517-373-6960 or by email at [email protected] with any questions.