Second Semester Spring Superlatives

For a town that seems to have had more than its share of bad luck, the amazing spirit of youth and resiliency is alive and well. Hope truly springs eternal with our outstanding students. They don’t expect victory or success to come easily. They fully know the only way to succeed is grit, determination, hard work, and teamwork.

The school year may seem to be winding down but not so with many of our athletic and academic teams. The semester has been a very good one for Clinton High. Both the baseball and tennis teams won their regions and will enter playoffs highly seeded and with great expectations. The soccer team, though not region champion, will make the playoffs with a winning record. The CMS and CHS Science Olympiad Teams will compete at the national championship in late May and the CMS Academic Team is trying to earn money to compete at the national championship in May in Atlanta. The CHS Beta Club will send a bevy of talent and academic prowess into the nationals in June in New Orleans. In fact, if you can make it, this very Thursday evening is “An Evening with the Betas” fundraiser. I am sure they will appreciate any contributions you can make on the students’ behalf. The Ag. Ed. Program is constantly busy in the spring with their plant sales and school and community beautification projects. If you ever drive in downtown Clinton, you will likely find them watering plants, caring for the numerous flowers, and beautifying the surroundings. For a town that seems to have had more than its share of bad luck, the amazing spirit of youth and resiliency is alive and well. Hope truly springs eternal with our outstanding students. They don’t expect victory or success to come easily. They fully know the only way to succeed is grit, determination, hard work, and teamwork. Our baseball team has been a most pleasant and wonderfully refreshing breath of life this spring. Not to diminish the equally tremendous and sustained accomplishments of our Science Olympiad Teams and CHS Tennis Team, the CHS baseball team has captured much of the magic that can only be found on a diamond and field in the spring. The most recent Laurens game was a testament to the grit, determination, hard work, and teamwork I mentioned earlier. Down 6 – 0 after one inning, many lesser teams would have become rattled and possibly unraveled. But not this team! Not this season! Not a chance! Rather than facing the stark reality of a potentially embarrassing (and perfectly understandable) defeat to an archrival, they clawed, battled, and chipped away at what many thought to be an insurmountable lead. From 0-6 to 2-6, from 2-6 to 6-6, and from 6-6 to 10-6, this team showed a champion’s heart and will to win. Was it easy? No! But was it worth it? Absolutely. The baseball team realized what too many adults don’t. When life’s challenges pile up on you, all you can do is chip away…or quit. Rather than complain and point fingers at how the opponent scored runs, the team came ever closer together. Coach McCarthy was the catalyst for this belief, this optimism, and this resolve! Again, we can take a cue from this team and all winning teams and traditions…from tennis to Science Olympiad, from baseball to Beta Club, from Ag. Ed to the CMS Academic Team…teamwork really works. Granted, I am not foolish enough to realize it ensures victory every time but I am smart enough to know it is an undeniable foundation for success. I am often amazed at how quickly people (most often adults and too often those adults in positions of authority at local, state, national, and international levels) will turn on each other at the first hint of frustration, obstacle, or stormy weather. Why can’t we be more like our children and realize more and better things get done as part of a team? Teams work if you have teamwork. Teams work if you have hard work. Teams work if you have determination. Teams work if you have grit. It really isn’t that hard to believe but it is incredibly hard to put into sustained practice. I am so appreciative of the successes of all of our teams this year—the golf team, the soccer teams, the softball teams, the JV and C baseball teams, the male and female track and field squads, the lacrosse team, and a host of other equally important activities, clubs, and organizations. Spring is a wonderful time of the year. Rebirth and a renewed sense of vitality are palpable. Are you still in the spring of your career? In your passion? In your life? You too can experience the joy, this excitement…whether you are 14 or 40, 18 or 80…if you recognize a few things our children are all too capable of showing us. Grit! Determination! Hard Work! Teamwork! Try it…it works! Oh, and while you are at it, go out and watch a match, a game, or competition. You just might learn something. May it be so! (Dr. David O’Shields is superintendent of Laurens School District 56.)

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