By Ellie Bailey '19 and Isabella Houle '19
While NCS girls are regularly enthusiastic and encouraging of their peers during the school day, they fail to show the same level of support to their fellow students after the school days ends during sporting events. There are a few reasons that are probably to blame for this occurrence.
The first barrier is the level of workload NCS girls receive. Between homework and students’ own sports schedules, it is simply not plausible for many students to attend sporting events. The school doesn’t provide a time, or any sort of weekend freedom in order to continually attend school games, and without that ongoing relationship and excitement surrounding our sports games, we cannot foster a connection to our sports teams and games unless we are a part of the team itself.
Also, when students do have free time, they tend to pick STA events over NCS ones. This trend reflects the idea in society that men’s sports are more important than women’s sports. Most people can name at least five major league male athletes but struggle to name even two female athletes. Many have the opinion that STA games are more exciting, or entertaining, or one would have a generally better time at an STA game rather than an NCS one.
Lastly, the NCS community does not have the equivalent of a spirited sports club such as the BEEF club at St. Albans. NCS solely has the “athletics board”, which is an elected, student government equivalent that tries to enthuse the student body in athletic events, but with less success as the STA BEEF club. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems as though STA boys are obsessed with BEEF club. Why is this? I have no idea. But NCS girls just don’t get as excited at their peer’s mention of sports games as boys do when the BEEF club tells them to “get out to that”.
So, what can be done? In an ideal world, we would have more free time, but that’s just NCS life for you. Although, students at NCS, myself included, should make more of an effort to support their fellow student athletes.