While attending the Margaretta High School football game, I noticed one of the marching band members was not dressed like her fellow musicians but was marching and proudly playing her trumpet wearing a cheerleading uniform. I was impressed not only with the multiple talents of this musical athlete, but also with her energy, her ambition, her discipline and her dedication to two very different and, I’m sure, very demanding activities. And from what I could see and hear, the cheerleading squad and the marching band both benefited from her extra effort.
In the past I have also seen football players, muddied and scuffed from the game, pick up their instruments at half-time and join the band on the field. It is heartening to see this kind of ambition exhibited by the students. It is also encouraging to see the cooperation among coaches, advisors and band directors necessary for these kinds of opportunities to be available to the students. These leaders set a fine example by their flexibility and willingness to work together so that kids who are truly interested in exploring the variety of opportunities high school has to offer can take full advantage.