If you asked Bullis students if they would welcome increased school spirit, most students would wholeheartedly say yes. However, some students are wrapped in the issue that some activities at Bullis are more supported than others. While in a perfect world, all Bullis students would extend equal support to every aspect of Bullis life, high school isn’t always fair.
Let’s bring it back to Bullis. Many students are discouraged and frustrated that the football games on Friday nights are more attended than the AP Art shows. Don’t get me wrong, I like art, but that doesn’t mean that I need to attend both in order to be a supportive member of the Bullis community. It would be fantastic if as many students went to the dance show as they did the big hockey game, but it’s hard to blame people for going to the hockey game if that’s what they are more interested in.
Students are busy. Most students don’t have time to attend every Bullis event that is going on in a given week. Thus, we cannot be discouraged when more people go to the girls lacrosse game as opposed to the One Acts. Like I said, everyone wants to be supportive, but you can’t fault people for choosing to spend their time at the event where they would rather be.
Something I commonly hear is why can’t students support arts, athletics and everything in between? Why do sports get all the attention? Well, the harsh-but-true answer is an easy one. Most Bullis students prefer to show their school pride at the stadium as opposed to the in Blair Arts Center. That’s just the way it is. Instead of being dejected that more people are at the athletic center as opposed to the auditorium, we should be appreciative of the people that do take the initiative to come to the Art Show, and continue to encourage more people to come to the next show.
An issue as controversial as the lopsided attendance of arts and athletics events is the unbalanced audience between girls and boys sports at Bullis. It’s not a secret. The boys have more people in their stands during games than the girls do. However, the same rules apply. Female athletes need to continue to encourage people to come to their games and eliminate all discouragement there may be about more people being at the boys event next door.
Students should support as many Bullis events as possible. Girls, Boys, Arts, Atheltics, the more support the better. We need to dismiss the so-called issue of unequal support at Bullis, though.
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