Four Wellington students ready to implement Life of Athlete program at high school this fall

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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Grandma Ruby · 320 weeks ago Caitie, Abby, Connor and Skylar proud of you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Local · 320 weeks ago This sounds like a great program! Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 320 weeks ago Sounds like a great program. Except the part where peers rate their fellow students as “turds”. School approved bullying. Report Reply 4 replies · active 319 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 320 weeks ago What exactly do you want them called? Druggies? Drunks? The program is a national program that designed this term to describe the 1 and 2’s of the rating as being the individuals that are participating in illegal activities and in my opionon more likely to be an individual that will bleed the goverment at the tax payers expense after they become adults. Your concerned about someone’s feeling being hurt over the word TURD. Kids today have been molded to be soft, thus you look at them the wrong way and they run screaming that their feelings have been hurt. Let the program get started and see that positive encouragement from this program will convert the 3’s to become 4’s and 5’s and hopefully as this spreads the program can pull a few of the 1 and 2’s closer to the more positive role models. History tells us no matter ho much we try there will always be a TURD in the batch but we can make a great effort in reducing amount of the TURD influence on others! Report Reply -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 320 weeks ago I’m not concerned about someones feelings being hurt. If you follow any of my posts, you should know I’m all about getting rid of the ‘participation trophies’ and “cuddling” that goes on. However, what I have a problem with in this instance, is bullying. What are these 4 athletes basing their designation of 1’s and 2’s on? Rumors? Hearsay? This is nothing more than a popularity contest. If you aren’t in the “in” crowd, you’re a POS….oh wait….a turd. Or at best “on the fence” and could lean either way. Via http://www.merriam-webster.com/ : noun ˈtərd 1 sometimes vulgar : a piece of fecal matter 2 usually vulgar : a contemptible person Calling someone a piece of **** (sorry Cue, I know you won’t allow that, but it really is necessary to get the point across) is NOT going to convince anyone to change their way. It will only drive them deeper into what they are currently doing. Or is that the point? To force out those that are deemed unworthy of someone trying to pull them out of the situation they are in? And is it really surprising that these are athletes making these designations? This is Wellington, after all. Athletes, no matter what they’ve done, get a pass. So why not make them the judge of all? I was bullied in school. I have had to deal with bullies targeting my kids. But nothing definitive was EVER done. Yeah, a firm talking to. Oooooh, how that teach em…. Nothing good will come of FOUR ‘athletes’ designating someone a POS. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Caped Crusader · 320 weeks ago I rate your comment a 1.5. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 319 weeks ago Atta boy. Let me guess….you played football? Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down WHSAlum · 320 weeks ago Amazing group of athletes who are working to get things done in the school, keep it going! Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington students made their way to Lake Placid, New York to attend the “Life of an Athlete” program — a four-day event which they hope will change the lives of many students at Wellington High School.Skylar Brand, Catie Williams, Connor Phelps and Abby Goodrum with sponsors Cherity Elder and Tony Ybarra attended the four day session on June 2-5. They were on hand at Monday’s Crusader Club meeting to speak of a program that focused on making better lifestyle decisions as a high school athlete whether dealing with nutrition, sleeping habits, alcohol/drug temptations, or general attitudes.John Underwood, a U.S. Olympic coach, started the program. He flew in from Lake Placid to Wellington in April to conduct a two-day seminar for area coaches.Wellington’s LOA is a pioneer project for the state of Kansas. The hope is to infuse an attitude where students are drawn to making good choices in life.One that will sure to be a more controversial methods is each athlete will be asked to sign a contract based on the school’s already implemented “Code of Conduct” policy. Once the athlete signs at the beginning of the year they will be asked to abide by the rules or suffer suspensions.Most coaches have signed including Wellington High School coach Tyler Ryan. The results could lead to more suspensions.LOA representative Brand said of his peers that 20 male student-athletes have signed on already and he and Phelps are working on others. Goodrum said the full volleyball team is part of the program.There’s a lot to the LOA program and it isn’t just about drugs and alcohol. For instance, there is what to properly eat, how much sleep a student should take, when to turn off the electronics before bedtime, and changing your overall mindset.The nutrition information was especially fascinating including a special menu with a combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates are implemented.While in Lake Placid, the four WHS students were asked to identify their fellow peers on a 1 to 5 scale. The 4s and 5s were considered people who were the leader types who could make good decisions. The 3s are those students who were considered people who could lean either way.The 1s and 2s were considered “turds” as in the drinkers and smokers and people who not only have bad lifestyle choices, but who will refuse to be part of the programs.Elder said before the list was made the four were in agreement that Wellington had a big alcohol/drug problem. However, after going through the names individually, they found there were only about 10 students they identified as being in the “1s” and “2s”“Most were in the 3s,” Brand said. “There were a lot of people in the 4s and 5s.”Elder added: When we started looking at students on an individual basis, Wellington didn’t have as big as problem as we thought we had.”SCDATT leader Gerald Gilkey, who introduced the program in Wellington last spring, said WHS will be a pilot project that will be studied by several area school.“I know of two schools in Sumner County that are looking at Wellington closely,” Gilkey said. “The ball is starting to roll and is picking up speed.”The focus right now is on athletes but the hope is the whole student body will be participating later in the school year.The Wellington LOA has even started its own web page which can be viewed here pointing out the many of the finer points of the program:  http://crusaderlifeofanathlete.wordpress.comWhile at the Life of an Athlete session, the four students had time to sight see.Follow us on Twitter.last_img