To The Daily Sun,
I would like to take a moment to publicly thank the ladies' Sachems basketball team, its coach, Mr. Jeff Greeley, and Sachem Nation for the outstanding efforts made toward excellence throughout the high school basketball season this year.
I rarely make public comments about athletics. The reason for this relates to the excellent support our community has historically made for as long as I have been here that indicate Laconia LOVES its athletics programs. From youth sports through high school athletics, this city is filled with committed parents and community members who work hard to ensure every athlete has the opportunity to be involved. That is as it should be! The need for this principal to add to that seemed unnecessary and possibly indulgent. I have always focused my energies on pushing the concept of academic excellence.
Something special happened this year with the Lady Sachems basketball program. They overcame some early season setbacks and built a strong record. They always played hard. They played aggressive AND clean. They were unified and supportive of each other in ways that were evident to the Sachem Nation and the community at large. They were coached again this year by a Sachem alumni who truly bleeds the Laconia Red (you should have witnessed his pep rally speech!) Our student fans saw this and responded with resounding support. Not only did our student body support the team, but throughout the play-offs, alumni from near and far showed up in full force. Our entire community embraced this group.
The Lady Sachems team played well throughout the season. They grew together as one of those teams Sachem Nation will remember for a long time. We will honor them for the way they have represented our school and our city on the court. At the same time, this team impacted our school and community by bringing us together in support of them. These are our kids, they represent us and they did so in an amazingly positive fashion. Our students wrapped around them, supporting them and cheering for them positively, appropriately and with tremendous spirit. All of this brought Laconia High School to a better place, a place where we have pride not only because of "winning" but also because of the positive, respectful way that the winning happened.
So let me humbly and publicly thank the Lady Sachem basketball team for all they have accomplished during this school year, both as a team striving for excellence but also as a tremendously positive example of all that is right about Laconia and Sachem Nation!
Jim McCollum, Principal
Laconia High School
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