“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.” --Unknown
Now that we are at the end of the wrestling season, and the state tournament is quickly approaching, I feel compelled to write about the fine young men who walk the halls of Mound Westonka and come together in the spirit of competition in the wrestling room every day.
All year long the wrestling team has adapted the motto of “brothers.” The word ‘brothers’ is not taken lightly by these fine young athletes. They truly believe in what the word means, and they embrace the responsibility the word carries while they meet every day to get better as young men and as wrestlers. The relationships these men have formed with one another have been out of blood, sweat, and tears---but more importantly---out of respect for one another. When they meet for practice every day, it’s not just about improving their own abilities; it’s about getting the team better. To have a winning team, it takes all members to have a role, and to fulfill that role to the best of their abilities. Our wrestlers recognize that and hold each other accountable. They work to improve each other through every practice…every drill…every aspect of the sport.
Their hard work and commitment to the sport does not go unnoticed in the wrestling room, and I know it carries over to other aspects in their life. I notice it as they walk the halls. I notice it in the classroom. These fine young men spread the habits of hard work, commitment, and character to other students in the school. They help to create a positive atmosphere at MWHS. They work to better everyone in the school by holding each other accountable—wrestler or not.
The idea of ‘Brothers’ from the wrestling team transforms into an idea of ‘Family’ when I look at the entire school population. When we work as one unit…as a Family…we all help each other to become better models of hard work, commitment, and character-- and that creates an environment of success in the halls of Mound Westonka High School. I am so proud of our wrestlers in what they have done, and what they continue to do. They give us something to take pride in: their achievements as athletes, their achievements as students, and their achievements as men. They have made their mark in our school, and I am so proud and honored to be part of the positive environment they have helped create here at Mound Westonka High School.
Mr. Wardlow and the MWHS Wrestling Team
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