FROM NEWS & OBSERVER | Midtown Muse: High school sports also celebrate the arts

Lori Wiggins with The News & Observer recently wrote an article about her daughter, Teeghan DeNoris Wiggins, a Enloe High School senior.

Teeghan, a student at Enloe High School in Raleigh, has accepted each invitation, singing at N.C. State University’s Reynolds Coliseum, Dail Soccer Field, Carter-Finley Stadium, and at my UNC-Chapel Hill alma mater’s Dean Dome for volleyball, soccer, football and basketball.

With several games per state championship season, Teeghan isn’t alone. And a student color guard from a local high school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps joins the singers.

Until you’ve seen area high school students handle with poise, discipline, talent and enthusiasm the preliminary activities and volunteer posts of a state athletic championship, all followed by student athletes, bands and cheerleaders, well, you miss something beautiful.

We believe high school athletics is an opportunity to teach many, many lessons, not just how to jump, how to run, how to shoot, how to hit and how to dive,” NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said. “We’re about trying to teach some lifelong lessons that will help young people become productive citizens when they graduate from our program and from high school.

Since many student athletes won’t play organized sports after high school, Tucker said, this is a prime time to nurture core values of honesty, integrity and respect.

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