Continuing a tradition
The daily routine of rolling out of bed in the dark is not one that most teenagers look forward to. Trudging off to rigorous classes and losing sleep over homework assignments have become realities for the modern high schooler. However, students at Freedom HS enjoy a very involved atmosphere, which makes coping with the daily stress of getting an education easier.
This atmosphere starts with the tradition Freedom HS has built in the last 50 years. The school was recently rededicated to mark this historic anniversary. Members of the first graduating class returned to open a time capsule left untouched for half a century. The anniversary gave current Freedom students a sense of pride.
Supporting the school’s 50th anniversary is not the only pride that Freedom students show. Every Friday night, much of the Freedom Family is found cheering on the Patriots’ football team at BASD Stadium.
The 2017 season has been a successful one. Sophomore Jared Jenkins has looked poised throwing the ball all season, connecting with receivers for over 2,500 yards. Jenkins, of course, has not done it alone. Senior wide receivers Alec Huertas, Kyree Marshburn and Justus Grube have combined for 15 of Jenkins’ 17 touchdown passes. When the offense has stalled, Freedom has grinded out victories behind brilliant defensive schemes. This week, the team prepares to stun the undefeated Parkland Trojans in the district championship game.
Even students who do not play sports can get involved in the game. The Riot Squad, Freedom’s infamous student section, is loud and proud for every football game. As the calendar shifts toward the colder months, students turn their attention to cheering on winter sports teams like basketball, swimming, and rifle.
For students not interested in sports, Freedom offers extracurricular activities such as the debate and chess teams. Both groups are off to solid starts in their respective seasons. Also, the award-winning school newspaper, The Freedom Forum, continues to attract a steady group of students at meetings every Wednesday afternoon. The Forum has recently expanded and, with the use of new technology, is now able to air a newscast every school day.
No matter what students are interested in, Freedom has something to offer for everyone. The Freedom Family of nearly 2,000 students and over 100 faculty members continues to work together to assure that everyone’s potential is realized. This unity among the school’s population has proven successful for the last 50 years. The next 50 years and beyond will continue this excellent tradition at Freedom.