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Journal Writing Project: Extra curricular activities

By Anna Christoph

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Extra curricular activities are exceptionally supported and appreciated in our small community. Anything from volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, band, choir, etc. are what bring our communities together. Even the most competitive teams remain friends with each other in the end.

What about the more underappreciated activities? This year, I traded basketball for One-Act, mostly because the spring play makes me so happy and the people involved are amazing. However, One-Act is different, it’s a family. Over the past few months, the new One-Act participants, including myself, who have been thrown into a rather tight-knit family, became a part of that family. That quirky, loud, confusing, amazing family. I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s almost like no matter how popular or unpopular, bright or not so bright, tall or kind of short, sort of loud or pretty quiet, young or old (ish) you are, if you’re in the play, you’re in the family.

The family is not only limited to play hours, school hours, or even a school week. Every Saturday after a competition, the entire family would hang out, joke around, tell stories, and just be themselves. It was great. We even made it to sections on Saturday, the first of February, where we received fourth place. Even though we won’t be moving on, most of the family continued to hang out and just be themselves. I can also tell you that the family is absolutely hilarious when they’re exhausted, and some rather cheesy jokes will get thrown around. This is where the quirkyness comes in.

Yet, the family still doesn’t stop there. Of course the director was automatically included before, but the parents, the graduated One-Act members, and some of the students were phenomenal in feeding us, providing us with costumes, driving younger members to and from practice, but most importantly, supporting us when we needed it.

Even though we didn’t get an assembly like volleyball or football did a thousand times, we still felt the love from the parents, the One-Actors that graduated, the community, and some of the students. They can not be thanked enough, and hopefully they will be just as amazing next year. Just as the family will never end, it won’t end when the seniors graduate this year, when I graduate next year, or even when my sister graduates two years after that.

It really makes you realize just how cool it is to put a whole bunch of extremely different teenagers into a group and watch how they get close. I really wish I would’ve gone out for it earlier, though. It’s so fun and I couldn’t have imagined just how tightly-knit everyone was before and would become throughout the season. I can honestly say, I regret nothing.

Anna Christoph is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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