by Jessi H '11

Shut Up and Run The Coming Track Team

“What? Your school has no sports teams?!”
I’ve heard that shocked response a million times from students like me who were surprised, and disappointed, to learn our school has no sports teams. But that never meant our school didn’t want them. So, after speaking to several people involved in running clubs and at our school, including Ms. Johnson, about creating a running club, they were all for it.
Being on a sports club would be good for everyone. There are benefits for all students, boys and girls, of any grade or age. Especially important is the benefit that running brings to everyone: it will keep you physically fit, so that you are feeling and looking good, on the inside and out.
For those of you who are pretty new to BSGE, joining the running club will be a great way to meet new people. And if you start early on, like those of you in 7th and 8th grade, think of how good you will be when you get into the upper grades. You’ll run faster and longer every year, as your times get lower and lower. You could be one of the star runners, the team MVP, or maybe a captain, and won’t that look great when it’s time to apply to college.
I know that college seems like it is far away for some of you. But you ninth and tenth graders – it’s time to get ready. Because all colleges will want to know, what activities you were involved in high school, starting in the ninth grade. Telling them that you joined the running club shows colleges a lot about your character, which is just as important as your grades. There is no better way to show the leadership, confidence, and determination they look for in students than by joining a club and sticking with it. And joining the school’s running club shows you are involved in your school, which is just what colleges hope you will be when you get there.
After a grade or two of high school goes by, it is going to be time to start thinking about that IB diploma. For those of you who are in 11th or 12th grade, that diploma is going to be based on these years. By now you all know about the Community, Action, and Service credits you need to get the I.B diploma. Running is the thing anyone can do to get those required credits. Peter Wilson, will be the first one to tell you that.
People are wearing their BSGE sweatshirts, shorts, and shirts around school, but we definitely need another reason to feel school spirit. A running club could be the one. We’ll be running, racing, winning trophies, going to events, raising funds, and getting ourselves known as the team to be on. If enough people join, we could become a team. But whatever we do, we’ll always find a way to compete (and win!).
So, if you think you might find something here for you, let us know. You can email me at, and you know where to find Ms. Johnson. We’d love to hear from you.
By Jessie Heller

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