Hamilton Survey: More involved students have higher GPAs

Believe it or not, what Mr. Spotts said at the Homecoming assembly about getting involved had a lot of validity to it. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), students that are not involved in extra curricular activities like sports, jobs, debate, etc. are 57% more likely to have dropped out of school by the time they were seniors.

Here at Hamilton, The Paper staff surveyed a number of students in various classes asking their GPA and their extra curricular involvements.

The survey revealed that the ratio of students who were involved and maintained at least a 3.2 GPA compared to the students who were not involved and still maintained that GPA was 62:5 for the seniors. The juniors and sophmores both had a ratio of 62:9.

“I don’t think the results are shocking,” Mr. Rehkopf said. “With all the research done by professionals, they have been finding the exact same results.”
When asking various teachers throughout Hamilton High School, the answers were overwhelmingly common. Teachers believe students who are invested in more things outside of the classroom contribute in the classroom more than those who aren’t.

“Sports have shaped who I am today” Mr. Rehkopf said, “they make you more willing to participate and to ask questions in class.”

According to the DHHS, students heavily involved in sports are naturally competitors, this makes them more prepared for the competitive work world. Responsibility and timeliness are acquired while participating in sports. These are all useful skills used in the classroom as well as the real world.

Not only does the school’s athletic code provide guidelines of eligibility for student athletes, but so do the individual coaches. Although some of the rules may be broad, they still keep the players in line.

“Sports make you keep good grades (in order) to stay eligible,” senior Tyler Berens said. This answer was frequently given by many of the athletes interviewed.

“Sports keep you busy, but on a schedule and motivated,” volleyball coach and Spanish teacher Ms. Ayres said. “If you are keeping busy, you don’t have time to get into trouble.”

Sports aren’t the only thing that keep students focused. Being involved in other activities, such as an after school job, NHS, choir, debate, etc., can also keep students on track.

Studies show that students not involved in extra curricular activities are 49% more likely to have used drugs; 37% more likely to have become teen parents; and 35% more likely to have smoked cigarettes.

Research has concluded that not only involvement in sports, but also maintaining a stable job or participation in other school-related activities help students keep better study habits and in return have higher GPA’s.

As Mr. Spotts would say, it’s time to get involved kids!

Rachel Poll contributed to the report.

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