by Bianca M '11

Editorial: Team Baccalaureate

Athletics and academics are the two main aspects of what most high schools focus on. Our school in particular only focuses on one of the two. Here at BSGE, we concentrate on getting high grades and striving to get IB diplomas by the end of twelfth grade; all of which are going to help us in the future. Bad grades aren’t rare and many opportunities show themselves when we are struggling in a certain topic. We have many chances to correct our mistakes. The teachers make it their business to help us out when we need it and make sure we learn almost everything we need to go off into the real world.
One topic at BSGE, that seems almost taboo, is sports. We don’t have a ‘regular’ gym, only a weight lifting room. There is only so much you can do with the weights and machines and frankly it doesn’t appeal to many of us. Mr. Powell and Mr. Mac take us out to the local park when the weather is nice, [if we have P.E. that semester, that is] but what about when the weather is bad? How can we use all that extra energy we have from sitting in the classroom all day long? Where can we spend time with our friends learning a new sport or improving a skill and getting ready to compete with friends at other schools? Where can we learn important life lessons like being a team player, having sportsmanship, and experience winning and losing as a team if we don’t even have the opportunity to try something new?
In sports, we learn that winning isn’t everything; trying is what counts. Confidence is gained by participating in a sport and this will show in the classroom as well. We become disciplined – coming to practices and games, never giving up – and become dedicated to the players on the team and the coach. Through it all; the tears, the sweat, the pain, the winning and celebrating; we learn for the next game.
There are no negative aspects to having sports teams; it keeps teens healthy, active, and busy with practice and games so we will stay out of trouble. It teaches us life lessons about winning and losing as a team. Also, the athletes will have to maintain good grades if they want to maintain their position on the team. Honestly, the only negative aspect is not having different sports teams.
Many good things come out of sports. Some athletes eventually become good enough to play at a higher level where scouts will come and look at games, deciding which players are good enough to compete at the college level, and maybe even qualify for a full or half college scholarship. As of now, BSGE students are not exposed to athletic scouts. Many students future relies on sports; for some of us, the athletic department is our calling. How can we express this talent if we don’t have a place where we can grow, learn and expand our horizons as athletes as well as active learners?
Many teachers have told kids that if they want a team, they must make it happen. Jessie Heller, a 9th grade student, wanted to make a track team so she could be active during her high school years here at BSGE. All summer long she did research and made a plan so she could present her ideas to the gym teachers, who were considering becoming coaches for her team. Come September, all of Jessie’s hard work was put to waste. The team was only considered a club that wouldn’t compete with other schools, as of now. Yanni Stefanidis, an 11th grade student and an active soccer player, wanted to make a team so he and his friends, from all grades, could play organized soccer against other local schools. When he approached Mr. Mac, he was let down with some unfortunate news. Mr. Mac told Yanni that the Board of Education was not going to fund any teams and that he was sorry.
What are we supposed to do? Boys and girls, of all ages who attend BSGE, crave regular high school sports teams like basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, track and football. If so many people would be dedicated to something so positive, why won’t it happen? How much can we, as teens, do to convince our teachers, principals and the Board of Education that this is important to us?

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