When cheerleading tryouts at a New Jersey high school resulted in some students being rejected, a parent of one of the kids who didn’t make the cut complained.
To the dismay of students at Hanover Park High School, in East Hanover, who put in the work and practiced hard, the athletic director declared that everyone makes the team or no one does, saying anyone who wants to participate can do so, News 12 New Jersey reported — which could prove to be interesting when an overwhelming number of students show up.
School administrators backed up the play, saying it was due to an “irregularity in the selection process.”
Some of the high school cheerleaders who earned their positions through talent and effort spoke at a board of education meeting last week to voice dissatisfaction with the new policy.
“I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment, just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” sophomore Jada Alcontara said.
“I tried my hardest. Now everything is going away because of one child who did not make the team,” Stephan Krueger added. “And their parent complained so now all my hard work has been thrown out the window.”
The school board responded by hiding behind the political correctness catch-all, being “inclusive.”
“In order to facilitate a more inclusive program, the alignment between the various cheerleading squads would be modified to allow all interested students to be able to participate,” the board told News 12 in a statement. “This decision was made in the best interest of all students and was made to be as inclusive as possible.”
All of which leaves the question, how soon before this policy is applied to all athletic teams, with anyone wanting to participate being allowed to?
With the high school likely not to win another athletic contest in that event, it gives new merit to another liberal construct: participation trophies.