Editorial: Eagle Valley High embodies ‘student athlete’ | VailDaily.com

Editorial: Eagle Valley High embodies ‘student athlete’

Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

In a world where athleticism tends to be more revered than math skills or great essay writing, it’s nice when young people get their priorities straight.

The student athletes at Eagle Valley High School find out quickly that the classroom comes first. Poor grades mean more sprints for the entire team and good grades can mean statewide recognition.

The boys and girls alpine ski teams, the boys Nordic ski team and the wrestling team have been named “Academic Team Champions” for having the highest grade point averages for their sports in the state.

The student athletes should be commended for their efforts in the classroom.

Coaches say the students push each other to work harder in class and that has helped individuals who were slacking in class to bring up their grades.

The coaches and the school’s principal also deserve kudos for putting school first by making their athletes accountable for failing grades. Alpine ski coach Ashley Weaver said if a student’s grades fall below a C average, the student won’t be competing or practicing until those grades come up.

Chances are none of these students will go on to become professional athletes. But whether they are in the classroom or on the ski course, these students are learning that strong minds can take them farther than anything else.

Tamara Miller

for the Editorial Board

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