Text us and we’ll tweet: Hi-Line to start tweeting results for all activities

A couple of weeks ago, junior Olivia Clark used every single one of the 140 characters allowable in Twitter to share her thoughts in regards to Tiger Nations’ representation of sports:

“hey @TIGERNATION12 this is a reoccurring issue. It’s time all sports start getting some recognition. I mean this in the nicest way possible.”

After tweeting her opinion out, Clark faced an uproarious response. Some felt personally targeted, claiming that the tweet was just a ploy for attention, while others retweeted the tweet and voiced their agreement in their own 140 character responses.

Clark said she wasn’t angered by the fact that people didn’t go to the swim meets. To her it was more of an issue of all sports receiving recognition.

“I mean, it doesn’t matter whether people show up or if athletes get constant high fives in the hallways; I don’t even want people to know who’s good and who’s not, but I do think that if some sports get tweets, every sport should be represented on their Twitter,” Clark said.

Senior Lucas Dewitt, one of the main leaders of Tiger Nation, said he knows where Clark is coming from, but he sees the focus of Tiger Nation a bit differently.

“I mean I can understand that they want representation on Tiger Nation, but it’s really hard to tweet every single activity out. Our priority is just focusing on the student section and getting the students to the games,” Dewitt said.

Senior Austin Smiley, an additional leader of Tiger Nation, agreed. He argued that it all comes down to one thing: time.

“I love all of our athletes and everything, but we just don’t have the time to tweet everything out,” Smiley said.

And while this may be a frustrating thing for those in less recognized sports, it does make sense. It’s simply too difficult for someone to have to recognize every single sports team and still balance the hectic schedule of a high school senior. And that’s besides the fact that it’s not technically the responsibility of Tiger Nation to recognize all high school sports anyway. Their responsibility lies with building up the Tiger student section.

So who’s responsibility is it then? Who should be held accountable to recognize all of the different sports teams at the high school? Who should be spreading the word about volleyball and robotics and the play and the food drive?

The answer is plain and simple: us.

It’s our responsibility to educate the student population on all of the events surrounding the high school. One of the main purposes of the Hi-Line is spreading the news and recognizing the accomplishments of the students of our school. For the longest time, everyone has been pinning the blame on someone else, saying that Tiger Nation doesn’t value equity, or that student athletes are too concerned with receiving recognition, but we realized the problem isn’t Tiger Nation, and it isn’t the athletes seeking recognition either, it’s us. We have failed you as a news institution, so instead of just writing an article about this controversy, we’ve decided to do something about it.

Sophomore Lily Becker has taken on the responsibility to tweet out as many events as she can in an effort to recognize those at our high school, because the fact is, you deserve to be recognized. From drama performances to football games, it’s our job to cover it, so if you ever want an event tweeted out, contact us at the Hi-Line (319-290-1516), and we promise that we’ll get it done for you.

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