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Mr. Stringfellow's first period plays flag football. Bottom row, from left to right, Anna Marie, Leahna Gilbert, Loni Jorgensen, Tyler Lamy, Connor Messer. Top row, left to right, Tyler Pruett, Oscar Chavez, Jazmine Roltsch, Meredith Ryan, Dyson Broadhurst, Ella Kauffman, Gracie Miller.

Mr. Stringfellow's first period plays flag football. Bottom row, from left to right, Anna Marie, Leahna Gilbert, Loni Jorgensen, Tyler Lamy, Connor Messer. Top row, left to right, Tyler Pruett, Oscar Chavez, Jazmine Roltsch, Meredith Ryan, Dyson Broadhurst, Ella Kauffman, Gracie Miller.

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Mr. Stringfellow's first period plays flag football. Bottom row, from left to right, Anna Marie, Leahna Gilbert, Loni Jorgensen, Tyler Lamy, Connor Messer. Top row, left to right, Tyler Pruett, Oscar Chavez, Jazmine Roltsch, Meredith Ryan, Dyson Broadhurst, Ella Kauffman, Gracie Miller.

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PE is a fantastic class to consider. It’s good for your mental and physical health and it’s also an enjoyable elective.

But what do the students and coaches say about gym class?

PE and your health

Obviously, playing a sport or being in PE helps your physical health, but did you know it can also help your mental health?  This happens because when someone exercises daily, they start to get in better shape, which improves their self image. This helps decrease risks of depression. But watch out! Too much exercise and you could grow so thin your body can no longer sustain itself. The suggested amount is 60 minutes a day, so make sure you don’t over-exercise.


PE Favorites

PE students begin class with stretches and running laps, then they starting their daily activities which include basketball, cone ball, and softball. Which ones do students favor? When interviewing PE students, many favored flag football. But not all… Caitlin Yamasta, 6th, loves running. Leahna Gilbert, 6th, enjoys playing flag football. Jack Donaho, 6th, is fond of all sports in PE, but his favorite is playing soccer.  Langley Amiss, 6th, agrees with Jack: playing sports is what she loves about PE. Gabby Branning, 7th, explains her favorite sport: “In cone ball, you throw balls at cones to try and knock them down.” Kids like PE so much, should be mandatory?


Should gym class be mandatory?

PE is a great way to keep yourself exercising and have fun. This is why some schools make PE mandatory.  But what if gym class was mandatory at our school? During an interview with the coaches, we asked if they think PE should be required. Coach Greg Hundley says, “Yes, I think PE should be required every year from elementary to high school because we have an obesity problem in this country.”  Coach Katie Fine also thinks that PE should be mandatory, claiming that it’s a great idea for everyone to be physically active. Coach Mark Stringfellow argues that with only six periods, there isn’t enough time for a mandatory PE class. Coaches and students have different point of views on physical education, so what do students think about PE being required? “Yes, kids need exercise and if they don’t get it, it’s going to be bad for their health when they are older,” says 6th grade student William Curran. Kendall McCurdy, 7th, and Ava Champman, 6th, both agree with William. However, Brodik Hodges, 7th grade, says, “No. Not everyone is good at sports, so they might want to  join something different like band and art.” What is your opinion? You can vote in the poll on The Dolphin Echo‘s home page!

 

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