The number one indicator of success after high school is involvement in extracurricular activities. The movement to take away the opportunity of involvement out of fear of losing stature within the state is an embarrassment. Thunder Mountain High School ought to be made a completely separate entity from Juneau-Douglas High School.
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Case in point: The Juneau Hoop Time basketball program has for many years brought multiple quality teams to middle school tournaments in Sitka.
Of the 20 highly skilled and motivated players in last year's eighth grade class, fewer than half turned out for high school basketball. There were too few spots, therefore opportunities for involvement eliminated. Isn't it better to have all or most of these kids involved, if not at JDHS, then at Thunder Mountain?
The same argument goes for music, baseball, volleyball, etc. You want your youth to be successful after high school? Give them the chance to be involved in extracurriculars in high school. Make Thunder Mountain a standalone school with full opportunities.
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