One time when I felt the school and community made a decision based on how we felt and thought was when we protested against budget cuts that affected our sports team. I have been a part of the high school’s alpine skiing race team for three years, since 7th grade. I look back on my experiences with my favorite sport fondly, although I connect most of them to cold toes and fingers. The time our team spends together is often filled with laughter as we make memories, whether it’s competing at a meet, tuning and waxing outside in the cold, or at practices. About a year ago, the school board suggested that Alpine be cut, their reasons being that we didn’t have much participation and weren’t very successful. When the news was broke to the team, we spent a few moments in silence as we thought what this meant for us. We soon decided we couldn’t just let this happen, so a group of us went to the school board meeting to oppose the suggestion. We sat on the side, observing the meeting process, and when the time came to bring up the topic of our team, a couple members read our reasons why the program should be continued, such as our growing numbers, the benefits of a lifelong sport such as ours, and how the numerous middle schoolers that ski deserve to continue with the program. When it was time for the final decision to be made, we all waited in anticipation as the fate of our beloved program was to be announced. The school board ended up deciding to keep skiing in the budget after listening to our explanations to why we benefit the school’s climate and the future school climate. This is an example of when our school made a decision that showed they cared what we thought. We opposed the decisions the school community was making, so we stated our thoughts on the matter, and we were able to make a change. This showed me that students can have a voice, and the adults in our community do listen if we have the courage to speak.

—White Mountains Regional High School