Charnel Gloss, a 12th-grader at Everett High School in Lansing, said that the hardest part of being on the basketball team and being a student is keeping her grades up. “It’s hard to find time to eat, sleep, go to practice and keep your grades up,” Gloss said. “Everything is really busy and it’s worth it but it takes a lot of work.”
Every day, high school students try to balance their time between school, sports and other extracurricular activities. Young athletes deal with the constant challenges of doing well in school, doing well in sports and finding time for other commitments such as family and work. Gloss said that time management is also a big deal while being a student-athlete.
By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
The Lansing School District does not have a perfect record when it comes to graduation attendance. According to Michigan school data, in the 2013-14 school year, Lansing School District had a 24.81 percent dropout rate for students in their first four years of high school, which is well above the state average of 9.61 percent. During the 2011-12 school year, the dropout rate peaked at 28.84 percent. Although Lansing has improved since the 2011-12 school year, the district ultimately went back to around where it was in the 2009-10 school year, which was 25.47 percent. In the 2013-14 school year, Eastern High School had a 21.15 percent dropout rate; Everett High School had a 18.02 percent dropout rate; J. W. Sexton High School had a 18.92 precent dropout rate; and Woodcreek Achievement Center had a 21.74 percent dropout rate.
Myra Ford, policy committee chair for the Lansing School District Board of Education called the policy committee meeting to order on Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Then all talk turned to drugs – drug tests in Lansing schools that is. One of the biggest items on the meeting agenda was the policy of drug tests for student-athletes in the Lansing School District. There are two options to the policy, according to the board. Option one is that students enrolled in a sport have to take a drug test prior to their season and this drug test is the responsibility of the parents to administer.
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose;” a quote from Dr. Seuss written across the board of Lothar Konietzko’s Advanced Placement class as a little motivation for the young AP students beginning this journey of education. Konietzko is one of five AP teachers at Everett High School in Lansing, teaching a large variety of students the basic high school courses such as History and English but on the same level as a college freshman. About 60 percent of U.S. high schools and 15,000 high schools worldwide offer Advanced Placement classes, according to a report from the College Foundation of North Carolina. Everett has 124 AP students, according to a school official. “Getting them to commit to the level of expectation for reading more and expected to be young college students,” said Konietzko.