It is never easy to say that you may have been wrong in a previous life, but every once in a while you have to face the facts and change your opinion. Today is one of those times. I would really like to say that I am now older and wiser but I do not want to be presumptuous. I am older though and I figure that one out two is a good start.
In my previous thinking, I believed that ninth graders playing sports for the high school may have been a waste of time on their parts, that they would have been just as well off staying at their junior highs. I can now truly say that I was incorrect which is a polite way of saying that I was wrong.
I now see the light. I now am thoroughly convinced that any freshman that has any talent is better off at the high school. Although this may slightly irritate junior high coaches that they lose their older, better players, it is better for the student themselves. They will be further ahead playing an additional year in the high school system.
If you want evidence, I show you this season's Emery High teams. Karson Jensen, a sophomore, starts varsity for the boys and Gatlin Huntington sees action. Both played at the school last year.
If you want better evidence, I show you the Emery girls basketball team as sophomores ShiAnne Allred, Jodi Robertson and Frankie Komar are all key components of this season's highly regarded team. All played at Emery last season.
Although there are only two freshman boys on this year's team, Nevin Jensen does see varsity action. But the six freshman girls that play at Emery this season show promise of being able to continue the winning tradition as they mature.
So I could end my thoughts here with the facts presented and just say that good athletes should move up whenever possible but I believe that an additional step should be taken. If I was wiser, I may have left this alone but as we previously decided, I am older.
If this helps ninth grade athletes to be at the high school, what would it do to the rest of their class if they also were at the high school. I, and others, a lot of others, believe that it is time to move the ninth grade to the high school and make the two junior highs middle schools.
I know that this is a big step, but let's look at the facts. If it is better for the athlete, it is better for the student. Currently there are 23 3-A high schools in the state. Out of those 23 schools, how many would you guess have all four grades in the high school? I was stunned when I found out that it was 20 of them. That is right, only three schools do it the way that we do. Emery, Carbon and one other are the only schools that do not have all four high school classes together.
So Emery County residents, it is time to make the change. The benefits far out weigh any problem that could crop up. Let's make the change. Let's make an improvement in our kids lives. Let's make Emery High a four-year institution.
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