Student, Poynette High School, Class of 2016,
The most popular extracurriculars at Poynette High School would be Basketball, Football, and Volleyball. However, I would recommend our underrated and overlooked Science Olympiad and Forensics teams, as well as our Drama Club - all of which are state qualifying. Statistically, it isn't likely that anyone graduating from PHS will continue to play a sport professionally, so it is important in my mind to get involved with many different kinds of activities on the extracurricular-spectrum. I believe sports can be beneficial in the way in which they encourage team skills and competitiveness - which I have acquired through playing Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, and even Curling. However, the less-known extracurriculars can be most beneficial and applicable to the futures of students pursuing a post-secondary education.
My decision to join the Science Olympiad team did not come easily. I was hesitant to do something "different" and "unpopular". However, I have gained a greater appreciation for those that have careers in the science field as they make our lives easier while often going unnoticed. I am astonished at our practices to see students the same age as me building robots, DNA Protein models, and flashcards to study the Integumentary and Nervous systems of the human body. Our team qualified and placed in the upper-fiftieth percentile at the state competition, which was astonishing to our coach who once only had three students on the team.
My cohesive and consistent involvement in both sports and expanded academics has better-prepared myself for my future than I could have ever imagined. Had I not stepped out of my conformity to what was "popular" at my school, I would never have established and unmasked hidden talents and interests in my life.