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Please pass the Johnstown school budget, say ‘yes’

On behalf of the Johnstown High School Class of 2020, I would like to thank Mr. Hale and the rest of the graduation committee for their efforts in making this year’s ceremonies nothing short of exceptional. Though it was not traditional this year, the hard work and effort which each person involved put forth made our graduation one to remember. The graduation ceremonies were a testament to the dedication and compassion of the GJSD. Students noticed and were honored.

Despite being apart for the past three months, seeing my JHS family of about 150 was still as wonderful and emotional as ever. Though we laughed and talked with each other like it was just yesterday, missing three months of classes, practices, meetings, performances, and games was an extremely trying experience. The seniors lost many of our last chances to participate in the programs that we love so much, which is why it is so difficult to imagine that this could be the reality that our little brothers and sisters face.

When word got out that the school budget had failed once again, I broke down into tears. It saddens me that many voters do not understand how much sports, arts, and clubs mean to the students of Johnstown. As an active member of Student Government, National Honor Society, Key Club, Chorus, International Club, varsity swimming, and varsity track and field, I know how important these activities are. For one, colleges don’t often accept students with blank resumes. These activities are the very things that give Johnstown students opportunities to move on to bigger and better things. They help us to become informed, well-rounded, and active citizens.

In addition, to put it frankly, these activities are fun. Without practice after school and a team depending on you, kids will seek fun in other, much less beneficial forms of recreation. That is not to say that should the budget vote fail again, all of the high school students will turn into drug addicts and delinquents, but many certainly could. We have cut back as much as possible. We have lost many of the few reasons students look forward to school. Our families and our community have worked tirelessly to raise enough to fund athletics for the 2019-2020 school year. We can’t afford to do it again. The pockets of all those who so generously contributed to us have run dry. Please do not punish the children of our schools because of mistakes of past adults. As a recent alum of JHS attending a university in the fall, I know that I would not be where I am today without the sports, clubs, and activities I participated in. I am begging you to please vote “yes” in the upcoming election.

Calyer Fagan

Johnstown

Class of 2020 president

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