2017-03-23 / Views

Student success goes far beyond hardwood courts

our opinion

We discussed March Madness last week, and Leelanau was certainly enthralled at the time with high school basketball.

But there are activities going on all the time than enthrall county students while also preparing them for a future after high school.

Two occurred last weekend when parking lots filled at Suttons Bay and Glen Lake not to watch basketball, but to take in performances that also require a high level of skill and determination. Some 60 students were involved in the production of “Shrek” in Suttons Bay. At Glen Lake, students wrote and performed their own production, a series of short plays.

Ever heard of Ryan Memberto? Well, he’s a star on stage as a warm-hearted Shrek. Sadie Murphy could be considered the team “captain” for the Glen Lake production of “The Show Must Go On!” — the student producer.

Five-star reviews were offered from commuity members who are still buzzing about the performances.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Braydon Tiffany, Haley Tarsa, Ryan Popp, Shannon Popp, Joshua Van Thomme, Ciara Glynn and Cece Schaub.

Or maybe not. None have been visited by college coaches offering scholarships. But all have high aspirations of succeeding in life, and qualified for national competition in the Business Professionals of America organization.

The list of Leelanau County Boy Scouts earning merit badges at a recent day of learning offered by the Career Tech Center in Traverse City is too long to list here. But there were plenty, and some are bound to finish as Eagle Scouts.

Speaking of the Career Tech Center, do you know Jacob Morton, Sierra Klein or Eric Grant? Neither do we. They are from Leland, Glen Lake and Suttons Bay, respectively. The seniors have all been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

We could go on, and perhaps we should. Sports is important in schools, but not everyone can or wants to make the team.

Our best students are succeeding in many fields. We need to recognize them, and thank the teacher mentors who are leading the way.

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