Most high schools across the country pay attention to some combination of academics, arts, athletics and activities. It’s tough to do all 4 well.
Staples High School is not “most high schools.”
All 4 of those “A’s” get equal attention, from administrators, staff, parents and (of course) students.
“06880” often highlights Staples’ academics, arts and activities. To the surprise of many, I steer clear of (most) athletics. There’s a good reason: sports gets plenty of newspaper and online coverage elsewhere.*
(Though here’s a plug for my boys soccer team. If you see them, congratulate them on a fantastic run during the state tournament. Those boys became men, and I am intensely proud of them.)
The Staples High School boys soccer team celebrates a state tournament victory in South Windsor. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)
But here’s great news about Staples’ entire athletic program. For the 20th time since 1988, the school has received the Michaels Cup. It’s awarded by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for outstanding achievement in 7 areas: sportsmanship, participation, scholarship, personnel, equity, chemical-free initiatives and athletic success.
Staples athletic director Marty Lisevick — who compiled data upon which the Michaels Cup was awarded — says it highlights “not only our coaching staff, but the character education they develop with kids, win, lose or draw.”
He cites the community service undertaken by many Staples teams. The football squad leads a school-wide breast cancer awareness campaign, for example; the boys soccer team works with the Farmers’ Market to shop, cook and serve meals at the Gillespie Center.
Lisevick also does leadership training with captains, including a conference at NYU.
“Our kids are successful athletically,” Lisevick notes. “But they’re also successful academically. They go above and beyond wins and losses. We try to develop people who will be successful later in whatever they do.”
Staples was honored last night, at a banquet in Southington.
This morning it’s back to work: on the athletic fields, in the classroom, and in all the activities that make up a full, well-rounded life.
* One exception: Check out yesterday’s story on the Staples field hockey team. Go Wreckers!