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Should Robotics Students Earn Varsity Letters?

Anne Findlay, Writer

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For many high school students, obtaining a Varsity Letter and accompanying letter jacket is a pivotal moment of success in the ever-growing competition to be “top dog”. Although going down the path of sweaty jerseys and long practices or well drafted flash cards and weekend studying may seem like the only possible avenues for attaining your letter, there could be other options. There are several clubs in Chelsea High School that put in hundreds of hours of dedication with little but an announcement over the loud speakers to show for it. Robotics students, for example, annually spend the same amount of time—if not more—programming and building as most sports teams spend practicing. They also do outreach events like Special Olympics, assisting Girl Scout troops, and mentoring other teams around Michigan. The question is: do you think that the robotics team should be eligible to earn their Varsity Letters?

I believe that the hundreds of hours of eating, programming, building, and of course, more eating, should show how students on our Robotics team are unbelievably dedicated and committed, and in turn are deserving of the holy grail of high school: the Varsity Letter. Not only do Robotics students have to maintain their grades, build an entire robot in six weeks, and try to uphold some form of a social life, they also somehow manage to talk to members of the community such as the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, The Chelsea Times, and most recently the Purple Rose Theater Company. Being a high school student is challenging enough without arriving home at 10:00pm every day for six weeks straight with only Wednesday and Sunday off. Not to mention, several teachers don’t have the same understanding for multiple day long robotics competitions as they do for football practices and matches. Yes, Robotics is a nerdy hobby, but for participants in the club, it is a lifestyle and a legitimate commitment, and that in and of itself, should earn a Varsity Letter.

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