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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 16, 2017


Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Many high schools, colleges and universities emphasize their goals of producing well-rounded students. Extracurricular activities teach students important life lessons, provide them opportunities to socialize and often stimulate their minds and bodies in ways that differ from the stimulation provided in the classroom.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau states that, in 2014, 57 percent of children between the ages of six and 17 participate in at least one after-school extracurricular activity. Children are more likely to participate in sports than clubs or lessons, such as music, dance and language, but each of these activities can be beneficial to students’ development.
Students who participate in extracurricular activities may want to limit their participation to 20 hours per week. This is according to a group of professors from Stanford University and Villanova University who have been collecting data on the issue since 2007. In their report “Extracurricular Activity in High-Performing School Contexts: Stress Buster, Booster or Buffer?”, Jerusha Conner and Sarah Miles found that 87 percent of kids who would be considered to have packed schedules were perfectly happy unless they were doing more than four hours a day.
The “over-scheduling hypothesis” may be overhyped. This is the concern that too much organized activity participation leads to poor developmental outcomes. This hypothesis also suggests that hectic schedules also undermine family functioning, detract from schoolwork and possibly increase the risk of copycat behaviors and excessive competitiveness. However, in the study “The Over-Scheduling Hypothesis Revisited: Intensity of Organized Activity Participation During Adolescence and Young Adult Outcomes,” researchers J.L. Mahoney and Andrea Vest determined that, controlling for demographic factors and baseline adjustment, extracurricular intensity was a significant predictor of positive outcomes and unrelated to indicators of problematic adjustment (e.g., psychological distress, substance use, antisocial behavior) at young adulthood.
Even though extracurricular activities are largely positive – even when schedules are packed – parents need to be aware of the diminishing returns of too many activities. This is something called the “threshold effect.” Benefits from extracurriculars can level off when too many activities are being juggled. If a child is experiencing anxiety, sleeplessness or depression, or seems overly stressed, it could be time to reduce students’ time spent doing structured activities.

Jun

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 14, 2017


Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace High School incoming senior outfielder/pitcher Cory Strawn was selected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team, garnering a third-team spot as an outfielder. Strawn hit .402 with a home run and 20 runs batted in during the season. He added 12 doubles and three triples, scored 30 runs and had 35 hits in 87 at bats in 27 games played. Strawn also drew 12 walks and had three sacrifice flies. He had an on-base percentage of .476 on the season, as well as a .643 slugging percentage.
Besides his work at the plate, Strawn also played a great centerfield for the Bulldogs, committing only two errors and finishing with a .965 fielding percentage, with seven outfield assists.
Strawn also pitched for the Bulldogs, finishing 1-1 with a 3.50 earned run average with five saves in 16 appearances. He pitched 14 innings and had 15 strikeouts on the season.The Bulldogs went 18-12 and made it to the second round of the playoffs before being knocked out in a one-game series with Farmersville.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 14, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
LONGVIEW–Mabank senior Noel Rojo and Eustace senior Mikey Marshall had the opportunity to participate in one last high school football game, playing in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chic-fil-A Heart of a Champion All-Star game Saturday, June 10 at Longview’s Lobo Stadium.
Both Rojo and Marshall were selected as members of the Blue team, who beat the Red team by the score of 17-7. Marshall started on the offensive line while Rojo came off the bench to play on the offensive line as well.
Marshall was nominated by Eustace High School athletic director and head football coach Heath Ragle. Marshall will be attending Missouri Valley College, located in Marshall, Mo.in the fall continue his eduationa and play football
The last Eustace players to play in the game were former Bulldogs Thomas Hyde and Zach Hughes, who both played in the game in 2015.
Rojo was nominated by Mabank High School head football coach Mikey Thompson. Rojo is headed to Bethany College in Kansas in the fall to continue his football career and education.
Another area player, Athens Hornet senior Maalik Hall also played in the game, participating at outside linebacker for the victorious Blue team. Hall was nominated by Athens athletic director and head football coach Paul Essary.