OHS Students Testify to Senate Education Committee
Three Orange High School students along with physical education teacher John Sangdahl and parent Mark Jones testified earlier this week before the Senate Education Committee in Columbus against HB 113. The Bill is to add any school-sponsored athletic club to the Physical Education waiver. The PE waiver allows any student that is in a sport, marching band, or cheerleading to waive out of taking Physical Education classes. According to the students and Mr. Sangdahl, PE class is not about teaching a sport, it is about how to be fit for life! Testifying before the Senate Education Committee were OHS students Leah Hester, Santiago Bustamante and Janetta Edwards.
"The students did an awesome job," said Mr. Sangdahl. "They changed the mind of some of the Senators about PE waiver. I am very proud of them. They represented Orange very well."
He added, "They were able to change the minds of at least two Senators. Very few people that testify change the way a Senator votes."
OHS is an area leader in providing personal fitness opportunities for students through physical education classes. This approach educates students on core training and life fitness. It stresses the importance of being healthy and in shape as they ride spin cycles, and use equipment, such as TRX exercise bands, balance trainers and fitness balls. The teens also monitor their heart rates and count steps. Mr. Sangdahl and his colleagues have developed a personal fitness program that has a positive impact on the quality of students' lives now and will provide them with lifelong fitness habits.