out in a new school could be a trying experience for anyone. People
usually find one outlet or another to help them adjust to the transition.
When I started out at the High School for Health Professions and
Human Services (H.P.H.S.), that outlet was sports. At my school,
like many others, the athletic program is one of the first things
you hear about when you enter high school. Deciding to play sports
was probably one of the smartest decisions that I ever made. Not
only am I doing something that may help me in the future, specifically
college, I was able to meet people that I might not have otherwise,
including two of my best friends (also Lady Vipers).
Now participating in the athletic program at Health Professions
is not all about fraternizing. Much is expected on your behalf.
In addition to conducting in a manner that is considered becoming
for a student-athlete, you must remember that is just what you are,
a student-athlete. Your grades come before anything else. You could
be looked upon as the next Allen Iverson, Barry Bonds or Sheryl
Swoops. Yet, if your academics arent in order, you wont
even get the chance to warm the bench. When you are on the team
and your grades drop, I can assure you that you will be severely
reprimanded by your coach. I had to find this out the hard way.
Dont get me wrong, even though you will receive a stern talking
to by your coach, they are incredibly supportive. I know my basketball
coach (who serves as the athletic director at my school), Mr. Benerofe,
is the first person to come to your aid if you need help with schoolwork.
In my opinion hes the best coach anyone could ask for, hes
there for us whenever we need him. Conduct, a major factor in the
profile of a student-athlete at H.P.H.S, is also important. If you
are unable to uphold yourself in a way that is suitable for a Viper/
Lady Viper, riding the pine may not even be an option
Whether you decide to play volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball,
softball or run track, you should make sure that you have your priorities
in check when looking to become a Viper. An extraordinary amount
of time and dedication is involved. Sometimes it means giving up
weekends and vacations to practice if necessary. But trust me its
worth it. If youre willing to devote yourself to the game
and all of the sacrifices and responsibilities that are associated
with it, grades and such, then the athletic program at H.P.H.S may
be for you. If not, then I would suggest another activity but due
to the lack of student activities at Health your other options are
student government, school leadership team and a few scattered undertakings
which all have high requirements.