Students in art programs deserve same respect, attention as athletes

Hannah Anglin, Editor in Chief

On a Friday night in the fall you’ll be able to find about half the student body cheering on the football team, but where is that support when it comes to the band’s winter concert?

Sports are an important aspect of high school, and activities involving sports teams make the school year fun, but sometimes it seems as if the student body gives more attention to athletics than the arts.  Why wouldn’t it seem that way when there are entire tailgates, blackout days, and pep rallies before games?  Chorus and band students spend months preparing pieces for their concerts, but they don’t receive half the attention as certain teams do.  Where are the parties and spirit days for them?

For the fall and spring plays, students are after school rehearsing dance numbers, creating the set, and memorizing their lines for months. The performances given by the theatre students are always amazing, but they don’t get the praise that they deserve.  There is currently only one theater class all day, which makes it hard for students to fit it into their schedules, and leaves the program with less interest.

For the production of “The Little Mermaid,” the theatre program received new microphones for the first time in years.  Many shows prior to this dealt with microphones cutting out and breaking.

Sports give students an outlet to do something outside of the classroom and bond with teammates, but not everyone is athletic.  Art programs such as theatre and band give students a similar opportunity, but using different skills and catering towards different interests.  Not everyone is an athlete, so programs that cater to other strengths need to be given as much attention and credit as athletics.