Hard knock life

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This weekend, I saw the Eureka Springs High School production of Annie, Jr. The show was phenomenal, but what struck me most is how hard all the drama students worked on it. Because I'm writing an article about the show, I got a back-stage look at just how much work the students put in.

The lead actress in the musical, Corinna Campbell-Green, is also a basketball player and a member of Eureka Springs High School Rotary Interact and probably several other clubs. Other students in the musical are involved with Rotary Interact, as well as various other extracurricular activities. The seniors must balance all these activities with academia and future planning.

I am amazed at how hard they work both in the play and in general. When I was in high school, I focused heavily on school and didn't care too much about anything else. I didn't play sports. I took part in a few clubs but for the most part kept to myself. "Wallflower" would be the best way to describe me.

One of the drama students referred to himself as a wallflower during our interview, and I was shocked. He wasn't a wallflower; he was putting himself out there for fellow students and community members to view. He was active in an extracurricular activity and thriving at it, like the rest of the students involved in the musical.

I tried to tell him that he was going above and beyond what was expected of him, but I'm not sure I came across the way I meant to. To be honest, most of those students intimidated me. Though I consider myself somewhat successful at what I do, I know it would take a lot of effort for me to sing and dance in front of a crowd.

I believe I'd find it even more difficult to balance drama rehearsal with all the extra-curricular activities high school students are involved in today. If you throw in studying and applying for college scholarships, I'd probably end up throwing in the towel.

\I've heard many adults complain that kids have it too easy. Teenagers don't have substantial financial responsibilities or a family to care for, I've been told. While that is true, I think adults often underestimate how daunting it is for teenagers to have their whole lives ahead of them. The uncertainty of what the future holds combined with the pressure to do everything the right way must be hyper-stressful.

I'd like to end this column with a message to the students I spoke with at Eureka Springs last week. I don't understand what you're going through, but I admire you for working so hard and so passionately at everything you do. You all have a bright future ahead -- all of you.

And hopefully, I'll get to write about it.

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Samantha Jones is a reporter for the Carroll County News. Her email address is CCNNews@cox-internet.com.