Every high-school student is familiar with the workload of academic responsibilities that are expected to be met with a certain word count or due date. But for the students who are juggling a job during the day and various assignments from their classes, work becomes just another task on their checklist interfering with their school life.
Students participate in many extracurricular activities, from musical activities to sports to leadership roles like Student Council and more. But how many of those students are involved in extracurricular academics, such as academic UIL? “We have had a very low participation in most of the events, other than current events,” physics teacher and academics UIL coordinator Leslie Salazar said. “We’ve got a very diverse population here at Johnson so the kids are involved in everything, so getting them or asking them to commit time to come to practices and to study time for something on their own that they’re not getting graded for is a lot to ask of them.”