What Would You Do?

Because of the Swine Flu brou-ha-ha, the State Track meet for Texas was rescheduled for the weekend when many high schools have graduation ceremonies.

"Wow," I thought, "that totally stinks. But I would send my kid to the meet (assuming that was the kid's choice). How often do you get that kind of chance?"

However, an article in today's paper put a new light on it:

What if you were valedictorian or salutatorian of your class? And what if your qualifying event were a relay? And what if your qualifying time in the event was the best in the state?

A very small district not far from here, Clyde, America, is what we call it, has a male valedictorian who qualified for the state track meet with his 800-meter relay team with the 3rd best time in the state. Their female salutatorian's 800-meter relay team qualified with the best time in the state.

Tough decisions for 18 year olds.

Either way, they have honored their district and their families by their achievements, as well as their attitudes in the face of this decision. Way to go, Emily and P.J.!!


jerriann said...

wow, I don't know what I would do. I'm sure that whatever they chose was the right thing. Bad event planners! They should give a hard working kid a break, that's what I say.
whew, I feel a little better, not much help though. :)

Roxanne said...

As will all things having to do with education in the state of Texas, that just makes me SICK. SICK. I can say that, because I'm a cog in the wheel (for those that don't know). It is APPALLING that they are placing that kind of decision on kids who have worked hard academically and athletically to attain their highest.

Shame on the UIL planners. SHAME. I'm pretty sure they can either wait a week or hurry it up, 'cause that's just not right.

Warren Baldwin said...

I'm with Roxanne on this one - poor planning by the state authorities. What would I do if it was one of my kids? Don't know. wb

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