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As many coaches tell their players, grades come before sports. As winter sports are starting to begin, players often get distracted and not only is the temperature dropping, but so is their grades and they need to seek eligibility.

               It is a Patterson Mill High School policy that students must have a grade of at least 59.5% or higher to participate in sports and other clubs. Anything lower would result in an E, which would allow the student to decide to ask for an appeal to try to get their grade back up.

               Sophomore, Delaney Damico states “I had to get an appeal and Dr. Able approved because I had a good reason for my grade slip.”

               Others, however, are not confident when it comes to the appeal process.

               Bri Ostendorf says sadly, “I’ve had mono for a while and my grades aren’t looking to good so I need to get them up if I want to try out for the school play. I’m not sure if an administrator will accept my excuse.”

               When interviewing Athletic Director Jason Bellamy, he said “how Patterson Mill has a committee whose responsibility is to uphold the appeal, and allow the students to get their grade back up. Grades are important, but people deserve second chances.”

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