I attended my first Alton High School athletic banquet this week. Let me say that is was my first athletic banquet ever too. I want to say how impressed I was with the student athletes and how they conducted themselves as their teammates and members of other athletic teams were recognized.
Following the dinner and recognition ceremony each team, baseball, softball, girls soccer, girls track, boys track and boys tennis broke up into their individual teams so that the coaches could recognize them more individually on their achievement. My son ran track for the first time this year and because he was able to run several varisty meets he was able to earn a “letter.”
As most of you know my son has predominately taken part in band activities and this year was a whole new experiecnce for us. He is pretty proud of the letter he earned and as we drove home last night I asked him if he wanted to get a letterman’s jacket. He said he wasn’t sure.
I told him that when I was in school it was a pretty pooular thing. His response, “It’s not the eightes anymore and we’re not in The Breakfast Club.”
I understand his point, but I told him that in future years when he looks back on high school the one fashion statement that he will remember that sets an athlete apart from others is the letter and jacket upon which it’s worn. I may be old school in this respect, but honoring tradition is something I don’t think many teens think about anymore. I hope I can convince him this is a good one.