Student, William Byrd High School, Class of 2016,
The most popular extracurricular activities at William Byrd are football, basketball, and marching band. The football games are tons of fun; there is what we call the "dog pound," which is our student section and they paint their faces, cheer the team on, and get the rest of the audience out of their seats in excitement for the team. We also have the band at the games and they play tunes and help cheer the players and excite the crowd. Basketball is also very popular among the students at William Byrd, the gymnasium is always packed and our "dog pound" is also present along with the cheerleaders who get the crowd involved in cheering the team to victory. Another popular extracurricular activity at our school that would catch most people by surprise is our marching band. I am personally involved in the marching band and it happens to be the most populous organization in the school, we have been an all superior band for three years now, which means we have the highest rating overall that can be recieved. The stadiums at every one of our competitions through my four years have been packed; most people would expect a marching competition to be boring, but it is actually very exciting, there are tons of vendors selling various things like food and souvenirs, one would also hear all kinds of music: familiar tunes and more "classicial" selections alike. It's not just sitting idly listening to music, if a band is good, the music excites people, and some bands, including ours have recieved standing ovations for our performances.
I would recommend all three of these extracurricular activities both to watch and participate in. They are all terrific outlets and they provide amazing atmospheres for students who participate and for the spectators. These are the most popular organizations for a reason, they teach invaluble skills that people most likely would not learn on their own, such as self-discipline and having the ability to work together and trust the people around to do their job.