Student voice

What does it mean to be an athlete?

Imagine going to tryouts and working as hard as you possibly can, and it not making any difference. The teams have already been made, and you're not on one.

This happens to many high school students all around the country, but no one puts much thought into it.

Sports today have become more about what team you're on, or who the next 'coach's favorite' will be. Not about how hard you work or how much time you put into making yourself better.?

For those who have made the cut, congratulations. But participating in school sports, in many ways, adds to existing pressures.

'You still have the stress of passing five out of six classes,' says Robert Medley, Scappoose High School baseball coach and athletic director. He has a lot of respect for student athletes, but it isn't an easy task.

As many as 35.9 percent of high school students continue on to play college sports and only .88 percent will make it to the professional level.

So why not live up your high school career and have fun while it lasts? It's never too late to try something new.

?I have personally come to find that I am much happier with sports such as swim team and cross country, because they have such a different atmosphere by taking out the whole 'playing time aspect.'

Sports may not be your thing, but it's important to stop and think about how much time and effort student athletes put into their sport.

Next time you pick up a newspaper and look in the sports section, think about how hard it was for those athletes to even be on the team, win or lose.

Lindsey Marquardt is a Scappoose High School student in Scott Deckelmann's journalism class.

STUDENT VOICE is a new editorial feature that showcases a Scappoose High School student's opinions on topics of his or her choice. The participating students are on staff at the high school's student newspaper, The Candle, or are students in Scott Deckelmann's journalism class.

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