The final student section rankings of the year are here, and we have a first time champion! Before we unveil, a quick reminder of each of the past champions...
Fall 2015: Garden City High School
Winter 2015-16: Berean Academy
Fall 2016: Goddard High School
Winter 2016-17: Andover High School
Fall 2017: Garden City High School
Winter: 2017-18: McPherson High School
Scoring is based off of rankings all year, and it was close at the top! Two schools never dropped below the 5 spot all year, but only one champions can be crowned.
Without further ado, the 2018 student section champion is......
(1) Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Thought it would be fitting to get a little bit of home-made PacMan going to celebrate the 80s theme. Creativity points 11/10. We're coming for that #1 spot ����@CatchItKansas (@HK_Barber bring back the VK rankings!) pic.twitter.com/aOy0RPV17S— KMC Student Leaders Union (@KMCTHEMES) September 16, 2018
Kapaun get the top spot for the first time! From traveling with their team to coming up creative themes, the Crusders have been bringing it week in and week out. Just this year we've seen Pacman, a dunk contest, Gameday and some sort of weird battle of inflatables. Kapaun, you guys killed it. Congrats on the title
Did you say wack-a-mole in the DEN? OF COURSE ❌⛏ pic.twitter.com/bhjgIrwGUy— Lion Kingdom (@GHSDen) September 8, 2018
Wack-A-Mole still might be my favorite thing to see in a student section all year. It was a close race, but the Den comes up just shy of taking home their second student section title.
That's still probably my favorite image of a student section this year. The Derby Den was just a smidge behind Goddard for the two spot.
May not have won the game tonight, but we still raised over $1,400 for the American Cancer Society! And we SMASHED cancer! ����⚔️#AndoverProud #SPEAREM #WeAre #VKranks @funschelle18 @CatchItKansas @HK_Barber pic.twitter.com/bBTwbwCs6S— AHS Blue Crew 18/19 (@AHSBlueCrew2019) October 13, 2018
Two back to back first place finishes vaulted Andover to the 4 spot in the final rankings. Plus they did the Travis Scott sign earlier in the year which was one of my favorites.
(5) Andover Central
out here even with 6.5 hours till game time ��‼️⚠️�� tonight @ 7 against Ark City!! be there!���� pic.twitter.com/bGKb8aza6M— ACHS STUDENT SECTION (@ACHS_Jungle) October 19, 2018
The Jungle makes the top five despite two weeks falling just shy of the top ten. They finished strong, ending the year with an all day tailgate,
(6) Great Bend
Few teams had a travel schedule quite like Great Bend, but it didn't stop the Panther Pep Club from making the trip with the team.
Campus kickstarting area schools to honor Deputy Kunze is still one of the best moments to come out of the season.
(8) Garden City
Hey @CatchItKansas look at our favorite buffalo, Thunder XIII, and our amazing student section!! 40° weather won’t stop us @GCBuffsFootball @GCHSTHAcademy @GCHSbuffs @garden_class pic.twitter.com/CmmHPCGoXT— GCHS STUCO (@stucogchs) September 29, 2018
Last year's champion Garden City may have fallen victim to a tough road schedule. But they still brought it enough to land a top ten spot to end the year.
(9) Salina Central
It's been a heck of a year for the Mustangs, and the student section has killed it right there with the team.
Rivalry game so you know we had to show out ������ pic.twitter.com/4vCFap9vQP— Tiger Nation (@EHSZoo) September 22, 2018
Rounding out the top ten comes the Eisenhower Zoo. Was a tough year on the field for the Tigers, but it didn't stop the student section from staying loud all year long.
Honorable Mention: Hesston, Maize, Newton, Bishop Carroll, McPherson, Maize South, Salina South, Wichita Heights, Wichita East, Wichita Northwest