“Tradition of Excellence” is the most common of all the phrases used to describe Germantown High School, and it could not be any more fitting. Merriam-Webster defines the word “tradition” as “a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something… used by a group for a long time”. Established in 1910, our school, located in the very heart of this great city, has prospered for over a century now. I’d say one hundred years is a long time, and anyone who walks the halls of Germantown can see shining trophy cases lining the walls in every square inch of space that a locker does not occupy. Our school was founded on outstanding athletic and academic achievement, furthered both by the introduction of the IB program, and the continual influx of excellent student athletes.
As a member of the IB program and an athlete of three varsity sports for GHS, I feel that it is my duty to uphold the tradition of excellence that has been continued and passed down through all these years. I accomplish the academic excellence by producing the best test scores that I possibly can whilst I am partaking in as many extracurricular activities as time will allow. Becoming a Student Ambassador has allowed me to show off the academic progress my graduating class of 2018 has achieved, and playing varsity sports has thickened my school pride to the point where no one can dampen my fire. In other words, no one can tame the flame from the devils.
The season of autumn symbolizes many important concepts in literature: reaping what one has sown, aging, etc., but for me, the colourful leaves shedding from trees mainly signifies that it’s soccer season. Of all the sports teams at GHS, the Lady Red Devil Soccer team seems to have the most upstanding traditions. For example, every time we play at our home field, the starters gather in a circle, link arms, and jump up and down yelling an unintelligible chant in unison. No one on the current team has any idea where the phrase we shout originated, but as long as anyone can remember, that’s just how we’ve done things. Likewise, before the games, we gather at a senior’s house and exchange “secret sis” gifts and notes to get everyone pumped up for the game, and on the night before a rival’s game, we gather again at a senior’s house and carb load on pasta. The most fun of all our traditions would have to be our sleepover at the beginning of the season to bond as a team. I’d tell you all the fun things we do that night – the same things we do every year - but then I’d have to kill you.
School is a difficult but necessary element in every American child’s life, so why not make it great? Why not strive for excellence in everything that we do? Germantown High School has been keeping with the precedent of accepting nothing less than excellence, proven by the fact that we are placed in the upper percentile of graduation rates at 93%, and have been for years. We exemplify what I have begun to call the “real world.” It’s a place where you have to learn how to communicate with diverse groups of people. It’s a place where you have to realize where you want to go in life, work hard to achieve those goals, and forget about all the other background noise and pressures of conforming to societal norms. I am proud to be a red devil, and I always will be. No matter what our pony friends near the Collierville border say, we are the real high school of Germantown.