Kyle Chandler once said, “opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door”.
Emily Nash did just that.
She not only participated in the Division 3 Boys High School Golf Championship, she won it by four whole strokes.
Days later she was stripped of this title because she is not a male.
She didn’t force her way into this tournament. She was asked to play because they did not have enough participants and was one of the best-known golfers around.
When the title was taken from her, there was public outrage. I’m not going to lie, I’m outraged as well.
First things first, she was ASKED to be in the tournament. She out worked the rest of the participants to earn that title fair and square, just to see it ripped from her hands.
Also, this is golf we’re talking about. Same strokes, same clubs, same greens, same holes. So why do people feel the need to call her winning “unjust” and “rigged” in 2017? If you haven’t learned that girls can do anything boys can do by now, I don’t know when you will. Nash is a prime example of this, and girls in the athletic community everywhere are rallying around her.
Girls put in just as much practice time as boys. Girls set goals and want to win. Why can’t society just let us do our thing and appreciate that we are just as dedicated to our crafts as males?
I don’t know about you, but when guys say, "Oh, you may not be able to do that because you’re a girl,” it makes me want to work that much harder. We are all people and we all want to succeed. I wouldn’t mind putting a few guys in their place on the way to success just like Nash did, either.
Now, I deeply apologize if you are a guy reading this and think females can not be the same athletically as males, but the numbers are too great to be denying the fact that female athletes are under-appreciated. For example, according to Sports Illustrated, on average a member of the US Women's Soccer Team makes $15,000 less a year than a member of the men's team, even though the women bring in more profit and win more games.
I’m not saying times aren’t changing, but they need to change quicker and our society needs to wake up. Women can do anything men can do and Emily Nash deserved that trophy.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up? Did they make class fun, or maybe even make the homework seem easy? When I think about my favorite teacher there are actually two people who come to mind.
It may sound cheesy, but my favorite teachers growing up were my parents. Both of my parents work at the private school in Ellisville I attended from preschool through eighth grade. My mom is a second grade teacher and my dad is the P.E. teacher and athletic director.
I may not have had my mom in class, but trust me, she helped me out a lot. Dad is a different story. Some people have asked me, “Payton, did it totally suck to have your dad be your P.E. teacher for most of your life?” My answer is still, "no." If I had the chance to go back and get a different teacher, I wouldn’t. He got to watch me grow and become the person I am today. I think that’s pretty cool.
Contrary to popular beliefs, I can wholeheartedly say it does not suck being a “teacher’s kid”. If anything, it has made me a lot more grateful for the teachers we have, and helps me appreciate all the unseen hours of hard work teacher put in before and after the official school day.
With this being said, I believe that we do not show enough appreciation for our teachers since we do not know everything they do for us beyond those minutes we spend with them. I think this is leading to a teacher shortage in our nation.
Teachers are tired from all those extra hours of work, but half the time all students do in class is complain. In fact, teachers have later nights and earlier mornings than most of us do. They do not want to work those long hours if we do not put forward the same effort that they do. Why would they?
So, the next time you feel tired after your late soccer game and don't want to put forth the effort in class, stop complaining, and think about your teachers. They are tired, too. They put in long hours for your success. Meet them halfway. Put forth the effort and take the time to say "thank you" for all that they do.
In our society today, nearly everyone is addicted to this little square box that we carry around all day. It holds everything from contacts, messages, emails, and every app imagined, but one app stands out in comparison to the rest for most teenagers.
Instagram. Nine little letters that have one big meaning in teens' hearts, but why? If you ask, almost every single teen will say that they have an Instagram account and the app downloaded to their phone.
The deeper question is, does Instagram help teens or hurt teens? To answer that, one must ask more questions.
Who do teens follow?
They follow their friends, family, comedy accounts, sports accounts, and of course models. Yes, we teens love to follow models of all kinds: fitness models, lifestyle models, Victoria’s Secret models, and more!
Along with models comes unrealistic lifestyle expectations and body images. I believe that because of all of these accounts, there are seeds of doubt planted into teens' heads that they aren’t perfect or living how they should be. Then, many teens take unhealthy steps to try to reach these new Instagram-fed goals.
This not only affects people physically, but mentally. Their minds are always set on an image that they perceive as “perfect” and that is almost impossible to obtain.
What many people do not realize is that models have professional photographers that are paid to make them look good. Also, many models are photoshopped into society’s incorrect idea of “perfect” and “beautiful.”
Do you think Instagram is the most harmful social media outlet for teens? Many studies have shown that it is. Or are the "experts" just over exaggerating? No matter what side you take, one thing remains; Everyone is special in their own way. It’s up to you to find out what makes you different and own it.
When I was little, I was always searching for a strong female athlete to look up to. I would find someone that peaked my interest, but would forget about them when someone “better” came along.
Little did I know, that down the road, one of my biggest inspirations would be my one of my coaches.
Taylor Nadler is a junior softball player at North Dakota University. She was raised just around the corner in New Haven and went to school across town at Borgia.
I first met her a few years ago when she was helping at a softball camp in St. Louis. Fast forward a bit, and I found out that she would be the new assistant coach for my travel team, the Rawlings Tigers. From the first day she coached us, we knew she was committed. We knew that she believed in us, so we believed in ourselves, too.
Quickly after our first tournament with her, she became close to everyone and her outgoing personality shined through. She not only pushes us to be our best and get to the next level, but she makes us laugh and keeps us loose throughout the games. She never wanted to be just our coach, but also our friend, and someone we can rely on. She shares our hopes and dreams with us and will do everything she can to help us get there.
We may make her life complete chaos and stressful sometimes, but she shows up with a smile on her face ready to make us better each day. Each one of us on the team should strive to be like her and the person she is, not only athletically, but internally as well. I can't thank her enough for everything she does.