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It is tradition for State Champions to receive rings commemorating their victory. Nothing was said about the school board or district buying rings for the State Track Champions. Every State Champion team in the area has received championship rings, except for the Scott’s Branch Eagles track team. This is not about recognizing the basketball team. They absolutely deserve to be recognized. So do the boys and girls track teams. The athletes who worked hard at every practice and every meet deserve rings commemorating their victory. The coaches who spent afternoons, evenings, and weekends with their teams deserve to see their athletes recognized. The parents who transported their athletes to and from practices and meets, who spent long hours cheering their athletes on from the stands, deserve to see their children recognized. To the members of Clarendon School District 1 and the community: I urge you to begin supporting all teams equally. The boys and girls track teams are gearing up for what promises to be another State Championship season. Please attend their home track meets. You will not be disappointed. If you know nothing about track, don’t worry. Spend some time sitting in the stands with the parents and athletes, and they will explain everything to you. And when the Eagles qualify for the State track meet, travel to Columbia to support them. You might just have a chance to witness history. To the members of the Clarendon School District 1 Board of Trustees: Do what is right. Recognize these athletes as they deserve to be recognized. They deserve more than a t-shirt. They deserve something representative of their talent, pride, and victory. They deserve State Champion rings. Sherri Adams Summerton