Letters to the Editor

Students should make the grade

I wanted to write this letter to let parents of Oak Harbor students be aware of the high school’s policy regarding students participating in after-school sports. My daughters have been going to school in Oak Harbor for over 10 years and are now in high school.

My daughters have always participated in after-school sports and have done very well academically, thanks to wonderful teachers in the Oak Harbor School District. I have noticed that the older my children get, the more intense and “unbalanced” OHHS seems to be with students membership on athletic teams. I have a hard time attending games and listening to the parents who are obsessed with winning and so focused on the very slim chance their child’s performance will somehow allow them to become the next Kobe Bryant and perhaps live out their unrealistic and media driven dreams of becoming a pro.

After two years of participation in volleyball, my sophomore daughter was among the one-third of the students cut from the volleyball team and the explanation given was, “We need to allow adequate playing time for the athletes” and three more would somehow obstruct that. Never mind the fact that my child is an honor roll student and her spirit was crushed after being cut without any notice. The reality is that students who simply want to be well rounded and participate in after-school sports to be a part of a team and remain active, don’t stand a chance if they don’t spend obscene amounts of money and time to participate in year-around “club” teams.

I am writing to let parents be aware of OHHS policy and hope that more parents will speak up about this and encourage administrators to allow all students to participate in after school sports with a focus on encouraging students to be “well rounded” and perhaps only cutting students if the sport interferes with academic performance, not the unrealistic dream of their child becoming the next Kobe Bryant.

Mary Jackson

Oak Harbor

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