There’s just something about high school kids when they are successful. I’m a total sucker for it. I even get kind of choked up inside – but don’t admit it. (Ok, I guess I just did.)
Last night I was working a gymnastics meet. It happened to be the city conference meet. There are four teams left in the city conference and we compete against each of them a few times during the season. I’m on the sidelines doing the score table and the announcing. Being a math teacher isn’t a necessity for the score table, but I think the others working are glad that I’m there taking charge of it.
The city conference isn’t very competitive with the rest of the state. The girls in the city haven’t necessarily been doing gymnastics since they were 3. Many of them only start in high school. So it’s actually pretty impressive to see how far they have come in such a short time. Since they haven’t been doing the sport for a long time, they also don’t take themselves too seriously. They can laugh when they make a mistake instead of getting distraught.
So at last night’s meet, they were all just doing their best and trying to reach their personal and team goals. We’ve never won a conference championship since I’ve been there (15 years). And I don’t think they did prior to my tenure.
When we got to the end of the meet and were totaling up the scores, we were in for a little surprise. Surprise enough to re-check the math… Those of us at the score table knew that this was a really big deal.
Our school’s head coach was doing the announcing for all of the ribbons on the individual events. So we had time to figure out our plan for the surprise. We were trying our best to put on our poker faces. But I don’t think anyone would have noticed our odd behavior at the table. No one was expecting this.
After the coach read the last girl’s name for the all around awards, we re-claimed the microphone for the team results.
In 4th place with a score of 94.3, Lake HS. In 3rd place with a score of 114.6, Schultz HS. In 2nd place with a score of 119.35, Park HS. At this point is when the realization hit them all. The looks of shock, disbelief, surprise, then excitement were priceless. And the top score of 119.6, East HS.
All season, the girls from my school came in behind the 2nd and 3rd place teams in their dual meets. So this was truly was one of those choke-me-up moments. The pure joy and happiness in their faces and screams was a sight to behold. What a fun night!