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Re: Letter Jacket eligibility
I'm from out of state. I've been here a LONG time but didn't go to high school here. I do not understand why we try to make it so difficult to get a letter jacket? I earned mine as a freshman. I was involved in varsity athletics, band, choir, orchestra, theater, and forensics as a freshman and continued through my senior year. I competed at the state level in Athletics for 4 years. I earned 3 trips to all region in band. I participated in S/E every year playing a class 1 solo. I earned my jacket as a freshman and received it the beginning of my sophomore year. I wore it nearly every day for 3 years every where I went. Getting it didn't motivate me to stop participating and earning a jacket isn't what motivated me to participate. And I wasn't special. I was a fairly typical kid in our high school, (typical being like most 3A/4A places where 10% of the kids are involved in EVERYTHING).
What I don't understand is why Texas thinks it's such an honor to have to wait until you are a senior to be a walking billboard in the community for the school. I get having it be significant and not every kid walking the halls should have one but do we really think that holding back keeps those kids involved in the program beyond that 2nd year? I've read the comments and I've had many discussions over the years. I just don't understand the mindset of waiting until they are seniors and then complaining that athletics gives them away too soon. Maybe we should be more like athletics sometimes, (oh I know thems fightin words for some of you), but really? Do we sometimes take ourselves WAY too seriously?!