Which Beechwood students participate in unusual extracurriculars? Adrian Hurley investigates.
Merriam Webster defines extracurricular as not falling within the scope of a regular curriculum; specifically : of or relating to officially or semiofficially approved and usually organized student activities (as athletics) connected with school and usually carrying no academic credit. <extracurricular sports>
Your basics. School football, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field teams; physics, science, chess, Latin, marching band, speech and drama, school pep clubs. These are the extracurricular activities that students of most schools are familiar with and are more than likely associated with. But there are a few select students, although familiar with these activities, that choose to participate in activities – sports, social clubs, curriculum classes – that have no affiliation with their school. These are the kids in extra-extracurricular activities. These are the members of a different group.
What are these extra-extracurricular activities? Anything you could think of. They are all variations of sports, clubs, groups, social societies, discussions, and meetings and they all have similar things in common: they are regulated by adult officials, they include members of similar age or with similar interest, and none of them are associated with any school or school district. And because of this lack of school affiliation these groups are varied, whether in the members or what the group itself is. It is this variation that attracts students, such as Beechwood High School Seniors Matthew Wetherell, Nate Kinman, Ed Talbott, and myself Adrian Hurley.
Nate Kinman is accustomed to making a lengthy commute when striving for his goals. Recently he has been making the daily commute to Columbus to complete the NCCPT (National Council for Certified Personal Trainers) that gets Nate one step further in the process of becoming a personal trainer. He has a few words on his experiences with the aspects of travel in out-of-school sports.
“When you play out of school sports that travel across the country (Nate played for the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team) it gets you used to new states and new cities along with a comradarie between yourself and other players that is unique to living to together as we travel and never settle down. Unfortunately though it seems like when you get back home the world you left is now moving at a snail’s pace.”
Nate no longer plays hockey, but spends his time snowboarding when the opportunity presents itself, playing on Beechwood’s tennis team, and driving to the RockQuest climbing gym with myself to boulder.