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Are Student Athletes Smarter?

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Brashier student-athletes Trayvon Jones and Andrew Mulliken working hard (Photograph courtesy of Liz Simo).

Brashier student-athletes Trayvon Jones and Andrew Mulliken working hard (Photograph courtesy of Liz Simo).

Brashier student-athletes Trayvon Jones and Andrew Mulliken working hard (Photograph courtesy of Liz Simo).

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The debate has gone on between parents, students, and coaches for decades: do student athletes make better grades than non-student athletes? Of course, many factors are used in answering this question. Different variables include the health of the student, family issues (including income), and other responsibilities of the student. Formal studies have shown that high school aged student-athletes are more likely to perform better in school and graduate. Do the students at Brashier agree?

“I think that student athletes make better grades because we have to be passing our classes to play a sport for the school,” says sophomore Sarah Buckmaster, who is on the cross country team.

The incentive for student athletes to perform well in school is playing time for the student. If an athlete is failing any class, they will not be allowed to play in games. Principals across the country say this is the best way for a student athlete to participate in class.

“I think that student athletes should make good grades, above all, because we are athletes second. School should always come first,” says junior Corey Curtis, who is the goalkeeper for the soccer team.

Conversely, some students think differently about this. For example, the reason that some may think non-student athletes make better grades is because they have more time to study, rather than worrying about sports.

“In my opinion, non-student athletes make better grades because they have more time to do homework and keep up with classes. If I had sports practice every day after school, my grades would not be as high,” says junior Valerie Frei.

It seems that the Brashier students who do not play sports think that non-student athletes make better grades, while student athletes believe they make superior grades to their counterparts. The two certainly contradict, but how do faculty members respond to the debate.

“Student athletes are more prepared for the real world because they have to learn time management. In between practices and games, they must also maintain an 80 or above to have the privilege of playing. So, I would think student athletes would be more inclined to make better grades,” says basketball coach Gordon Stallard.

But what does this pressure do to the well-being of student athletes? The constant stress of balancing schoolwork and performing well in their sport may add up to jeopardizing the mental health of the subject. Surprisingly, this assumption does not apply to a certain Brashier soccer prodigy.

“Schoolwork doesn’t really get in the way of my practices or games. I keep up by finishing homework during open periods and any free time that I have,” says sophomore Joel Houston.

The many factors that go into determining if student athletes receive better grades is still largely debated. However, every Brashier student strives to make an 80 or higher in their classes. The student body at our school comes together, athlete or not, to make sure we all are working our hardest.

“I think everyone has the ability to make good grades, regardless if you are a student athlete or not,” says Frei.

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