April Student School Board Representative
Involvement is defined as an individual’s full participation within an activity. Secondary schools and colleges alike emphasize the importance of extracurricular activities, yet students often find it difficult to see the benefit of these activities in comparison to adding more to their busy schedule. Throughout my four years of high school, I’ve learned to take advantage of what my school has to offer by taking part in a number of sports and clubs. My participation in these activities has not only benefited me by teaching me important life skills, but also by giving me the opportunity to live out my high school experience to the best of my ability.
At the beginning of my freshman year, I was told that in order to gain the most from high school, I needed to engage myself in extracurricular activities; this was some of the most valuable advice that I was given. From there on, I took on the role of captain for the Zimmerman Dance Team during my sophomore, junior, and senior year, and finished off my last season with the team’s first trip to the MSHSL State Tournament. Dance team taught me multiple lessons such as leadership, teamwork, dedication, and specifically friendship. Being part of a team broadened my social circle as I spent time with others that shared a similar interest. Without my team, I would not be the person that I have grown into today. Along with dance, I have also been a member of Zimmerman’s Student Council, an organization that has been nothing but enjoyable. Through student council, I have experienced compromise while working with others, time-management and organization while planning numerous events, and the entertainment that comes along with this program. Ironically as it may seem, I found that I occupied my time better when I was forced to dedicate and balance my days between multiple activities.
Although students tend to overlook the importance of taking part in school functions, there is a major purpose in doing so. Extracurriculars allow students to pursue passions outside of an academic context and these activities work to build professional skills that a classroom alone cannot cultivate. I am very content with what I have accomplished in all activities at Zimmerman High School and I believe that they have prepared me well for my future.