The 3 extracurricular activities at Fort Dorchester High that are the most popular are athletics, the ROTC program, and the Band. I would recommend the athletics to those students who are interested in fitness and show an aptitude as a student athlete. Specifically, I would recommend the Fort Dorchester High Swim Team for a number of reasons. First, swimming is an excellent sport which promotes overall fitness and health. Swimmers have a dedication to their sport like no other athlete. I say this because it takes true dedication to wake up at 4:30am for a 5am practice where you know you will be thrusting your body into freezing water (what a rude awakening) in order to begin your 2 hour long practice, swimming approximately 5000 meters. The swimmers on the Fort Dorchester High swim team do this five days a week for almost 2 and a half months. Why? One of the driving forces for these swimmers is, not only for their own self-development, but to make their coach proud of them! Coach Jaeson May has an uncanny ability of being able to motivate these student athletes to perform at their highest level year after year. He tells them over and over again that he is so proud of them and that when they are in the water swimming, he feels as though HE is in the water again! A former swimmer for the University of KY, Coach Jaeson has a love and devotion to the sport of swimming like no other Coach of any other sport....from my perspective. Coach Jaeson has so much pride and a sense of accomplishment for these young student athletes as they set and beat their goals lap after lap, swim after swim. I recommend this sport to any high school student who aspires to stay in shape but, more importantly, to students who are goal-oriented and appreciate a sport where they are literally competing against themselves with each and every swim. While being on the "swim team" is just that, a "team", it is also a very individualized sport because it is YOUR race swim time that you are constantly trying to improve upon. If you do so, in turn you will earn points for your team in competition meets against other area high school swimmers. The season is fast and furious and, a good majority of the team chooses to go on and swim year-round in an area swim club. Those that do will tell you that they do so in order to "get better for Coach Jaeson" and the Fort Dorchester Swim Team. One of the statements that sums up the sport of swimming is: "If you think your sport is hard, try doing it while holding your breath!"