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Let's celebrate the best of scholastic esports in North America - introducing the PlayVS Awards!

Cast your vote in four different categories to recognize our community for their achievements during the 2023-2024 season.

Winners will be announced during our PlayVS Cup Finals broadcast live on June 5-6.

Voting is open until May 24th.

Esports Coach of the Year

The highest honor in amateur esports - vote for the most passionate coach who left it all on the (virtual) field

Zachary Jernigan - CodeRVA Regional High School - Virginia

Coach Jernigan stands as a beacon of innovation and dedication in Virginia, where he single-handedly spearheaded the establishment of the esports program. Recognizing the absence of such a program, Coach Jernigan took it upon himself to cultivate teams and usher in the era of esports at CodeRVA. Despite the demands of his teaching responsibilities, Coach Jernigan goes above and beyond, meticulously organizing schedules and providing unwavering support to his teams, ensuring they are primed for success. Not satisfied with merely coaching, he also founded and manages the esports content team, ensuring that the achievements and endeavors of his players are duly recognized within the school community. Coach Jernigan's commitment to excellence and his tireless efforts exemplify the qualities sought after in a PlayVS Coach of the Year. It is without reservation that he deserves strong consideration for this prestigious award.

Aubree White - Bob Jones High School - Alabama

Coach White is a true powerhouse in the world of high school esports. With a passion for gaming fueling her journey, Coach White founded the esports program at Bob Jones in 2019, igniting a transformation that has seen the program soar to remarkable heights. Under her guidance, the program has grown to encompass over 100 students, competing in multiple titles and clinching an impressive tally of 10 State Championships and 2 Central US Championships. Coach White's dedication to her players is unmatched, as she meticulously manages every aspect of their esports journey, from training to tournament logistics. Beyond the trophies and accolades, Coach White's impact extends far beyond the realm of competition; as a woman in the gaming industry, she serves as a beacon of inspiration, paving the way for others to follow in her footsteps. With her positive vibe and unwavering support, Coach White embodies the essence of coaching excellence, making her a deserving nominee for Coach of the Year.

Treyson Luke - Iolani School - Hawaii

Coach Treyson Luke, known fondly as Coach Trey, embodies the spirit of leadership and community in high school esports at Iolani School, Hawaii. As the guiding force behind the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate teams, he not only hones players' skills but also fosters a sense of camaraderie and competition. Beyond the game, Coach Trey's mentorship extends to personal and academic realms, earning him the trust and respect of his players. His impact resonates throughout the state, where he's been instrumental in expanding the esports scene. From organizing tournaments to uniting schools, Coach Trey's dedication has elevated high school esports in Hawaii. For his unwavering commitment to student development and community building, Coach Treyson Luke stands as a deserving candidate for Esports Coach of the Year.

Ray Luna - West Covina High School - California

Coach Luna has revolutionized West Covina High School's esports program, elevating it from modest beginnings to a vibrant community. Through his relentless efforts, Coach Luna secured funding, providing top-tier equipment for all players. He fosters a welcoming environment where students bond, grow, and excel. Coach Luna's fiery encouragement and emphasis on balance motivate players to confront challenges head-on. Beyond gaming, he leverages esports for community engagement and fundraising, showcasing talent and uniting people. With his visionary leadership and genuine care, Coach Luna is a prime candidate for PlayVS Coach of the Year, enriching both the school and the wider community through esports.

Christopher Tarango - Horizon High School- Texas

Coach Christopher Tarango is more than an esports coach at Horizon High School; he's a mentor and a father figure to his students. His unwavering dedication to their success is evident in every aspect of his coaching, from late-night practices to strategic planning sessions. Under his leadership, the esports program has flourished, with teams performing at an exceptional level in competitions like Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate, Tarango's impact extends beyond the gaming arena; he's a respected Computer Science teacher and the driving force behind Horizon High School's Aerial Drones Coaching program. His commitment to student success in both esports and STEM education exemplifies his passion for excellence and makes him a deserving candidate for Esports Coach of the Year.

Mark Morley - Rogers New Technology High School - Arkansas

Coach Mark Morley of Rogers New Technology High School embodies dedication and support in leading the esports program. His commitment to over 70 students competing in six games goes beyond coaching; he serves as a mentor, father figure, and advocate for holistic development. Coach Morley's supportive nature fosters an environment where every player feels valued and motivated to excel. His dedication to promoting the esports program within the school and wider community has garnered recognition and appreciation from students, faculty, and parents alike. Coach Morley's unwavering commitment to his students' growth and success makes him a standout candidate for Esports Coach of the Year

Cast Your Vote for Coach of the Year

Esports Team of the Year

The best amateur high school esports team in your eyes!

HH Rocket League
Rocket League - Heritage Hall - Oklahoma

This team exemplifies resilience, teamwork, and determination in their pursuit of excellence. After facing setbacks in previous seasons, including falling short of their championship goals and losing a starter to graduation, the team regrouped and recruited a new member, setting their sights on winning a State Championship in the 2023-2024 season. Through hard work and dedication, they achieved an undefeated record in the Fall 2023 PlayVS Oklahoma season, securing their program's first title. In a defining moment during the championship match, the team displayed remarkable teamwork and composure, with the third starter delivering a crucial goal in overtime to clinch victory. Led by team captain Landon Green and supported by Sebastian Payne, Beau Butler, and Will Porter, the squad's relentless drive and commitment to improvement have propelled them to success. Their journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and teamwork in achieving high school esports dreams. The HH Rocket League team from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma stands out as a strong candidate for Esports Team of the Year.

Market Krashers
Super Smash Bros ™ Ultimate - Osbourn High School- Virginia

Led by captains Michael and Nathan, alongside teammates Thomas and Timothy, this team embodies the values of respect, humility, and teamwork. Their commitment to preparation and never underestimating opponents ensures that they approach every match with the utmost focus and determination. Beyond their own success, the Market Krashers are devoted to uplifting their teammates and the wider esports community, serving as mentors and leaders both on and off the virtual field. Their ability to bounce back from setbacks with grace and resilience serves as an inspiring example to their peers and solidifies their reputation as one of the top esports teams in their league. Their altruistic spirit and dedication to growth make them a formidable force and deserving nominees for Esports Team of the Year.

Hartland Eagles RL Gold
Rocket League - Hartland High School - Michigan

This team has emerged as a standout contender for Esports Team of the Year with their remarkable inaugural season performance. Despite being underdogs, they defied the odds by finishing as runners-up in the MHSEL Fall Season, a feat made even more impressive by their victories over powerhouse teams like Divine Child and Detroit Catholic Central. Led by visionary captain Kyle Greig, alongside Christian Gatien, Lincoln Deman, Joe Wisniewski, and Frederick Nikitin, this eclectic team showcases the power of teamwork, determination, and passion in esports. Their journey from starting as strangers to forming a tight-knit bond and achieving success on the virtual pitch is a testament to their dedication and perseverance. The Hartland Eagles RL Gold's inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and making waves in the esports scene makes them a powerhouse candidate for Esports Team of the Year.

Lakeview Lions
Mario Kart ™ 8 Deluxe - Lakeview Academy - Georgia

The Lakeview Lions, comprising Adam (12th grade), Callan (11th grade), Anna (10th grade), and Wyatt & Aedan (9th grade). are prime candidates for Esports Team of the Year, epitomizing teamwork, sportsmanship, and unity. Their commitment to collaboration shines through in their seamless communication, cohesive strategy, and remarkable synergy during races, prioritizing collective success over individual prowess. Embodying integrity and respect, they compete with grace and dignity, rejecting toxicity and embracing positivity. Comprised of players with varying levels of experience, they celebrate victories humbly, learn from losses graciously, and infuse every competition with infectious energy and camaraderie. With their dedication to collective success and exemplary sportsmanship, the Lakeview Lions are undeniable contenders for this prestigious honor.

Warriors Rocket Varsity
Rocket League - Central High School - Colorado

This team has been pivotal in elevating the status of esports within the school community. Through their dedication and hard work, they have reshaped perceptions of gaming as a competitive event, garnering respect and recognition along the way. As leaders both on and off the virtual field, Brayden, Ean, and Joseph have not only excelled academically but have also demonstrated the qualities of true student-athletes. Their commitment to excellence has set a high standard for the school's esports program, leaving behind a legacy that will inspire future generations of gamers. As they pursue their college aspirations, they carry with them the lessons learned and the bonds forged through their esports journey at CHS.

LHS Rocket League Black
Rocket League - Linden High School - Michigan


This team boasts an impressive record, clinching titles like the 2023 MHSEL Fall and Spring MHSEL & MiHSEF Championships. Led by Captain Nick Miller and teammates Max Montague and TJ McCrimmon, this seasoned trio has consistently dominated competitions, including winning the 2024 Winter Back to the Action Tournament and invitations to prestigious events like PlayVs Cup. Miller's proactive engagement with college coaches and players for VOD reviews exemplifies their commitment to improvement, while Montague's prowess extends beyond gaming as a top athlete and academic achiever. With a relentless drive to compete against the best, Linden Rocket League aspires to continue its winning streak, aiming for a third consecutive MHSEL state title this Spring season. They are a formidable contender for Esports Team of the Year.

Cast Your Vote for Esports Team

School District of the Year

A school district that has embraced the power of scholastic esports and has been a champion of unlocking it's benefits for their students.

Omaha Public Schools - Nebraska

Under the leadership of Athletic Director John Krogstrand, OPS has emerged as a pioneering force in high school esports statewide. With every high school actively participating in PlayVS leagues, OPS showcases a dedication to innovation and inclusivity, setting a remarkable standard for educational institutions across the state. Join us in celebrating OPS's dedication to advancing esports in education and empowering students through competitive gaming by casting your vote for Omaha Public Schools as PlayVS's esports school district of the year!

Atlanta Public Schools - Georgia

Led by Assistant Athletic Director Rendell Jackson, APS has spearheaded Georgia's esports movement, harnessing the power of esports to enhance student engagement and inclusivity within athletics. With a focus on innovation and forward-thinking initiatives, APS sets a standard for districts nationwide, paving the way for a new era of esports in education. Join us in celebrating APS's dedication to empowering students through esports!

Fairfax County Public Schools - Virginia

With a commitment to accessibility and excellence, FCPS has dedicated resources to expand esports participation across their schools. From acquiring hardware for League of Legends and Nintendo titles to addressing connectivity issues district-wide, FCPS ensures that all students have the opportunity to compete and excel in esports. Their Activities Coordinator, Fernando Belli, facilitates seamless communication between PlayVS and FCPS coaches, ensuring that any questions or concerns are addressed promptly and effectively. Join us in recognizing FCPS for their dedication to fostering a thriving esports community and empowering students to succeed both in and out of the game!

Comal Independent School District - Texas

Join us in recognizing Comal Independent School District's commitment to fostering esports opportunities for students across Texas! Under the leadership of Gifted & Talented Director Sarah King, Comal ISD ensures that every high school in the district has access to esports programs, promoting teamwork, skill development, and the growth of esports in education. Cast your vote for Comal ISD as PlayVS's esports school district of the year!

Orange County Public Schools - Florida

Under the visionary leadership of Esports Lead Director Steven McHale, OCPS has emerged as a trailblazer in Florida's esports landscape. McHale's efforts have united the district and cultivated a vibrant community of support and competitiveness, igniting a passion for esports that is spreading rapidly across the state. Join us in recognizing OCPS for their pioneering spirit and commitment to excellence in esports education and competition!

Cast Your Vote for District of the Year!

Level Up Award

A player who achieved a truly game-changing and leveling-up moment.

Faye Engel
Linden High School - Michigan


The dedicated captain of Linden High School's Overwatch 2 team, Faye embodies the essence of leadership and selflessness in esports. Her tireless efforts extend far beyond the game, as she works diligently to ensure the success and well-being of her teammates. From managing social media and organizing scrims to providing unwavering support and mentorship, Faye's commitment to her team has elevated the esports experience at Linden High School. As a senior, Faye's passion for gaming and esports has been a driving force throughout her high school career, making her an invaluable asset to the program and a role model for her peers

Faye's journey in gaming began at a young age, sparking a lifelong passion for various genres and platforms. Over the years, she has witnessed the remarkable growth of esports at her school, contributing to its expansion by implementing improvements such as consistent scheduling and arranging scrims with collegiate teams. Faye's leadership extends beyond the game, as she fosters strong bonds among teammates and prioritizes their personal growth and development. Her dedication and unwavering support make her a standout candidate for the PlayVS Level Up award, representing the epitome of leadership and excellence in esports.

Berkeley Wasson
Bentonville High School - Arkansas


As a senior, Berkeley has left an indelible mark on the esports landscape with his exceptional achievements and leadership. Not only has he secured three Guinness World Records in Rocket League, but he has also led his team to numerous victories in local and state esports competitions. As the driving force behind the BHS esports team, Berkeley has elevated their performance to new heights, showcasing his talent and dedication to the game. With a passion for gaming that dates back to his childhood, Berkeley's journey in esports has been characterized by relentless improvement and success. His outstanding contributions to the Bentonville Rocket League Team have earned them two undefeated seasons, multiple Final Four finishes, and two appearances at the State Championship games. Berkeley's determination and skill have set him apart as a standout player and leader in the esports community, and he plans to continue his scholastic esports journey at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Berkeley's involvement in gaming spans over a decade, with competitive esports becoming a focus since 8th grade. Witnessing the growth of esports at Bentonville High School has been remarkable, evolving from a small program with 17 members and two sports to over 50 members participating in various esports disciplines. Berkeley and his team have worked diligently to elevate the esports experience at their school by increasing awareness and participation. By attending in-person esports competitions like ReWired Fest and the State Championship, they have fostered a sense of camaraderie and connection among members, forging friendships with fellow gamers from other schools. Berkeley's efforts have not only contributed to the success of the BHS esports program but have also enriched the overall gaming culture within the school community.

Kara Polite
Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering - Alabama


Kara has distinguished herself as a notable athlete in Splatoon™ 3 and Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe. Despite being relatively new to the scene, Kara has shown remarkable dedication to her training, impressing her teammates with her skill and commitment to excellence. Not only does she excel in competition, but Kara also brings joy and camaraderie to the team, contributing to the positive atmosphere of the sport. Her outstanding efforts and enthusiasm deserve recognition, making her a vital asset to the esports community.


Kara's involvement in gaming dates back to 2016, with her esports journey beginning in 2022 during her freshman year. Since then, she has witnessed the growth of esports at her school, observing how it has brought teammates and friends closer together. Emphasizing the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, Kara actively engages with her esports friends, whether it's through spending extra time together or organizing special events like the annual Xmas Party. These efforts not only enhance the esports experience but also cultivate a sense of camaraderie and friendship among teammates. Kara is as outstanding candidate for the PlayVS Level Up Award.

Coty Taris
Notre Dame Preparatory High School - Arizona


Coty Taris has been an indispensable member of the Esports program at Notre Dame Preparatory High School since his freshman year. Serving as a captain for two years, Coty has played a crucial role in the team's success, from scheduling practices to providing encouragement and support to his teammates. His dedication and leadership have been instrumental in shaping the culture of the program, and his initiative in live streaming matches and mentoring his juniors reflects his commitment to its future growth. As Coty prepares to graduate in May, his absence will undoubtedly be felt, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and camaraderie.

Having been involved in gaming since the age of 6 and esports since 8th grade, Coty has witnessed the evolution of esports at his school Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in its development, from establishing new teams like Splatoon™ 3 to advocating for resources and live streaming capabilities. As President of the Esports club in his junior year, Coty spearheaded initiatives to expand the program, including dividing Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate into Varsity and JV teams. His passion for esports and dedication to his role as a leader have left an indelible mark on the program, earning him recognition as a four-year letterman and MVP in his junior year.

Aidan Mauricio
Archbishop MacDonald High School - Alberta

Aidan Mauricio's exceptional leadership and organizational skills have been instrumental in the remarkable growth of the esports program at Archbishop MacDonald High School. As a Grade 12 student, Aidan has demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to fostering camaraderie and teamwork within the Super Smash Bros.™ team, leading them to the playoffs for the first time and assuming the role of captain for the spring season. Under his guidance, the esports program has experienced a fivefold increase in membership, a testament to his innovative approach and tireless promotion efforts. Aidan's exemplary contributions make him a deserving candidate for the "Level Up" award, reflecting his dedication to excellence and passion for esports.

Aidan's journey into gaming began in grade 4 with Mario Kart ™ 7, evolving into a passion for competitive Pokemon and Super Smash Bros.™ tournaments. Inspired by a friend's recommendation, he joined his school's esports program, initially aiming to bolster the struggling Super Smash Bros.™ team. Despite facing challenges, including a lack of experience, Aidan and his teammates cultivated strong bonds and expanded the program, tripling the player count and forming additional teams across different games. Through strategic recruitment and a commitment to community-building, they propelled the program to new heights, achieving significant improvements in performance and seeding. Aidan's active involvement in recruiting efforts and fostering team cohesion reflects his dedication to ensuring the program's sustainability and growth for future generations.

Emmanuel Thomas
Liberty High School - Virginia


A standout player from Liberty High School, Emmanuel has emerged as a central figure in Virginia's high school esports scene. Following an initial defeat to our best player, Emmanuel vowed to never lose again, a promise he has kept by maintaining an undefeated record ever since. His tireless dedication to practice and improvement has not gone unnoticed, with many recognizing him as one of the best players in the state. Emmanuel's impact extends beyond his individual achievements, as he inspires his teammates and contributes to the growing success and recognition of eSports at Liberty High School. His leadership and skill continue to elevate the program, inspiring others to join and contributing to its growth.

Emmanuel's journey in gaming began at the young age of 6, initially drawn to Sonic The Hedgehog and later immersing himself in Super Smash Bros Brawl. His involvement in eSports began during his sophomore year of high school, marking the start of an exciting journey filled with team victories, defeats, and personal triumphs. Esports has gradually gained traction at Liberty High School, with increasing acknowledgment of its existence and success, reflecting the growing interest and participation among students. The eSports community at Liberty High School has made various improvements to ensure the comfort and development of all players, fostering an inviting and supportive environment where players can thrive and have fun.

Cast Your Vote for Level Up Player of the Year!

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