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Junior high students excel in and out of classroom

Junior high students excel in and out of classroom

Article and News Package by Keith L. Nagy and Joshua A. Dallman

Silver Lake is filled with a plethora of pupils who excel outside of the school building.

Brady Snook, eighth-grader, was poised as he accepted the role of junior high valedictorian. In addition to his academic accomplishment, Snook was a star quarterback on the undefeated varsity football team and has been a saxophone player in the junior high band. He is now preparing for baseball season.

Snook revealed how he balances these activities with his academic career.

“I balance my extracurricular activities with academics by going in Miss (Carol) Blackburn’s room after school and getting my homework done,” Snook said.

Snook is not the only multitasker when it comes to extracurricular activities. Eighth-grader Joshua Dallman assured himself the position of salutatorian. He was also a football player, placed second in shot put at the first meet of the year at Rock Creek, and is on the baseball roster.

In addition to athletics, he was this year’s spelling bee runner-up, a quiz bowl member, and he acquired a lead role in the theatrical production, “The Taming of LaRue.”

Dallman analyzed his strengths and weaknesses he experienced during track season.

“I am probably stronger at shot put than I am at discus, but I plan on getting faster in the ring so I can throw a little bit farther,” he explained.

Some seventh-graders have also shown excellence with this balance. Kennedy Kats, like Dallman, exceeds expectations when she throws. Her most recent achievement was placing third at league track in discus.

Kats also plays the flute for the band. She shared her favorite moment of band class.

“My favorite moment of band class is when we went to the mall to perform because we got about half an hour for free time,” Kats recalled.

Dallman commented on the future of students who possess these multitasking abilities.

“I think academics and athletics will affect myself and my comrades in the future because we could receive a large amount of scholarship funds,” he explained.