To the Editor:
We are writing this as recent Fairmont High School graduates (2010 and 2012) in regard to the upcoming school referendum vote.
While we were at FHS, we had the opportunity to participate in many activities, including Math League, concert choir, Knowledge Bowl, golf, baseball and football. Each taught us something unique and was a valuable part of our education.
These activities were also a big part of why we were admitted to the college of our choice and were able to receive valuable scholarships so we could afford to go to college. Colleges have a plethora of students with good grades and test scores to choose from. They are looking for students who are well-rounded and have good leadership and communication skills. Extra-curricular programs do an excellent job of teaching those skills.
The reality is that if Fairmont High School does not offer these programs in the future, the education future students receive will not be competitive relative to students from others schools. We think the entire Fairmont community could suffer because of this.
Aside from the practical value of extra-curricular activities, they also provided some of our best memories from high school. The fun and camaraderie we shared with our friends will be things we will remember forever. It would be a shame if future students at FHS weren't able to create those same types of memories.
We hope the citizens of Fairmont will continue to support their kids and vote yes on Nov. 6. Go Cards!
Hank and Ben Brown
St. John's University