Small-town students struggle with full plate of activities

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Within BHS, many areas where students have the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities. However, some students tend to be a little over-extended.

   According to athletic director Dave Watkins, over 90 percent of the student body has been involved in at least once extracurricular activity; this has been his observation for the past 14 years.

   Many students at Burlington feel like they are expected to participate in as much as they can.

   Mr. Watkins said, “Burlington is unique; we are a class 3A-4A school that competes at the 5A-6A level in various activities.”

   For example, the success of BHS athletics has always been prominent within the surrounding towns, especially this last fall season. Numerous students are involved in at least one sport.

   Despite the success of the Wildcats, the number of athletes in a class tends to decline from freshman to senior year.

   “Students eventually find other interests to excel in, become too busy preparing for life after high school, or simply lose interest in the sport,” he said.

   By their junior and senior years, high school students across the U.S. are fighting for scholarships and college admission. Aside from GPA and test scores, involvement and leadership in activities is a crucial piece of their resumes, so quitting everything may not be a smart option.

   Still, some students feel pressured into participating into too many activities.

   Senior Anna Hughes said, “I think that being very involved within your school helps when it comes to resumes, but the pressure is definitely there.”

   Anna is involved in both fall and winter cheer, PLAYBHS Theatre Productions, and numerous school clubs. With practices, rehearsals, and club meetings, having time to finish homework or complete scholarships can be difficult.

   Junior Clay Rolf transferred from SCC to BHS at the start of this year. Along with being a part of a much larger student body, he is also learning how to deal with the heavier workload.

   He states that he is now involved in fewer activities at BHS than he was at SCC because they take up more time.

   “I’m also dealing with a much heavier workload than I’ve had in the past,” Clay said. “The classes here simply require more of my free time.”

   Unfortunately, free time tends to dwindle by the time a student is an upperclassman, especially for those involved in activities.

   Students may even have to give up certain things that they enjoy in order to keep up their grades.

   “Probably the biggest reason I didn’t go out for Cinderella is that I was already stressed enough by

Delaney Hess studies for a chemistry test during a break in her psychology night class, knowing that she will struggle to find the time to finish all her other homework and still have a chance to study. (PHOTO: Alli Dunlop)

taking online classes and being in cross country,” said junior Casey Withers.

   Most students involved in both a sport and theatre see many days where they have no time to even go home between practices and rehearsal.

   Casey mentioned, “High school is already stressful enough, but adding two online classes to keep my Allen scholarship makes it even harder.”

   As difficult as it many be, BHS students continue to excel in everything they do: from the classroom to the football field.

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Small-town students struggle with full plate of activities