Caitlyn McDowell | Co-Editor
In the opinion piece “Under-appreciated Artists,” published in Volume 31 Issue 3 of The Edition, Shannon Ford wrote, “I don’t think any other activity, including sports, can say they’ve spent [over 12 hours] at school in one day without leaving and returning.” An examination of the facts shows that on a game day, football players may spend an estimated 16 hours at school and with the team. Ford also states that “athletes can get to school at the same time as everyone else,” which may be true during off-season. However, during season, many athletes come to school before zero hour for conditioning, especially the wrestling, swim, and football teams.
The Edition staff and editors acknowledge the hurt feelings resulting from this opinion piece. We also acknowledge the significance at this situation. Students at La Cueva: athletes, musicians, artists, and the general school body should support one another. To bring one group up, someone else does not have to be brought down.
As an athlete at this school for the past four years, the tension between the support from athletics and other activities has only grown. However, if any school team is having a troublesome season, we should be quick to encourage them in their pursuit of success. Not everyone can understand the difficulties that each activity will bring, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t admire it. Hours spent in work or practice are particular to the activity, and don’t need to be compared. Although my days at La Cueva are almost up, I do hope to see a more supportive atmosphere in the future of the school. A place where people chose to pursue what they wish and are not only accepted, but encouraged to follow their interests, no matter what they are.