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Ankeny Centennial Activities Director Scott Garvis is one of 11 across the country to receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).


The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to NIAAA members in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments, and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state, and national levels. Nominations are submitted by state athletic directors associations, screened by the NIAAA Awards Committee and selected by the NIAAA Board of Directors.


Garvis has implemented his vision for athletics and activities across three states for the past 20 years. Before coming to ACHS, he served as the athletics/activities director at Newton High School.


During his six years as athletic director in Newton, Garvis was instrumental in the development of the $1.1 million softball facilities, as well as its renovated stadium and baseball field. While serving as the athletic director of Eastside Catholic High School in Seattle, Washington, from 2010 to 2012, Garvis was responsible for directing a campaign that resulted in a $2.2 million baseball stadium and $1.1 million football stadium and track.


At the state level, Garvis has been a prominent figure with the state athletic directors associations in Iowa and Minnesota. He was president of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association (IHSADA) in 2016. From 2004 to 2006, he was the IHSADA newsletter editor and media relations chair. Garvis has also served as the IHSADA strategic plan task force co-chair, IHSADA Strategic Planning Review Committee chair, and on the IHSADA 50th Anniversary Planning Committee.


An active member of the NIAAA since 2004, Garvis has served on the NIAAA Accreditation Committee since 2012 and the NIAAA National Faculty since 2015. In addition to receiving the NIAAA Quality Program Award in 2012 at Eastside Catholic and in 2015 at Newton, he has been asked to present at the national conference on five occasions.


Garvis was awarded the IHSADA Ken Beverlein Award in 2017 and the IHSADA-NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and 2018. In 2015, he was a finalist for the NHSACA National Athletic Director of the Year. Garvis has also earned national attention with his 2010 United States Army All-American Bowl Excellence in Education and Athletics Center of Influence Award.