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Getting Involved: A high school necessity

A reflection on school and community involvement.
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Gabe Ball

One constant truth I have witnessed over my four years of high school is the necessity of getting involved and participating in your respective communities. I have been a part of a great number of activities and organizations, and one thing that I have gleaned from all of them is the absolute certainty that I do not regret joining any of them.

I have had many memorable experiences that I will continue to relive far beyond my time at Strath Haven. Stepping on stage for my senior home Hi-Q match, winning my last regular season high school tennis match with my dad and grandfather looking on, and researching an article for the Panther Press about winter weather all come to mind.

I began high school online during the pandemic, spending my entire freshman year on Zoom. It wasn’t too bad, but I missed out on a lot of formative activities and bedrock experiences for high school. When I returned for my sophomore year, I was initially hesitant to join clubs and other ways to get involved.

However, as a junior, I broke out of that hesitation, joining Hi-Q, Model UN, the Panther Press and other activities. My experiences from joining these clubs not only exist as some of my fondest memories of high school, but also benefited my social well being. Getting involved in your community and working to better it provides immeasurable purpose and satisfaction like nothing else.

The phrase “getting involved” often has a connotation of school related activities, but it can mean so much more. Participating in a local religious charity group, starting a local intramural sports league, or even participating in the political process all fit this description. Voting or campaigning for a candidate or political group that you believe in can provide a sense of community and satisfaction.

For me, one of the most meaningful activities of my high school career has not been organized in any real manner at all, and that is playing stickball at lunch with my friends. Every day I look forward to getting to the roundabout to pick teams and engage in some friendly competition, simply playing for the fun of it.

Whether it’s at school, a local park, a recreation center, or on the campaign trail, getting involved with your community is a necessity in building a rich and purposeful life.

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