If You're From Eureka, MO, You Know That Wildcat Football Is Life

If You're From Eureka, MO, You Know That Wildcat Football Is Life

Hells Bells begins to play over the speakers, and a glance to your left you see the boys lined up and ready.
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The stands fill with chatter and excitement as Friday Night Football is about to take place at the good ole Eureka football field. You hear the 50/50 raffle tickets being advertised as soon as you sit down. You may even grab a cheeseburger on your way to your seat.

Students pack the pound as they are all dressed for the weekly theme. Whether it be our stereotypical hick theme or neon night, every student is bound to go all out. Freshmen fill the back rows, and upperclassmen take their seniority filling in the front rows and leading the Catpound.

The cheerleaders and Golden Line make their lines on the field as "Hells Bells" begins to play over the speakers. A glance to your left and you see the Wildcat football team walking along the pawprint path to stop at the edge of the track. They jump with excitement in a huddle as they are about to sprint onto the field.

Everyone stands up and claps with joy as the Wildcats take on the opposing team.

This is what our town lives for.

The boys run out on the field, one of them holding the Marine flag and wearing number 28. Jersey number 28 has such a special meaning to all of the players as it honors Riley Baker. The player who is a good teammate and leader gets awarded his jersey for the weekly game.

Bursting through the banner that the cheerleaders eagerly hold up, the boys are now hyped up and ready to play. Their energy is spread throughout the crowd.

The band plays the National Anthem, and following, the cheerleaders and dancers join in with the fight song.

As the boys get organized and ready to play and the captains meet with the refs, the crowd watches the center of the track, enjoying the pep routine the cheerleaders and dancers perform together.

Before you know it, kick off has happened and the game is underway.

Half time comes around, and Golden Line takes the center of the football field. Everyone’s eyes are fixed on their routine because they hit everything perfectly. The band is up next as they perform their amusing halftime show.

Back for the second half of the game, and the Wildcats are back fighting for another victory.

The atmosphere our community puts together for our football team is one that no one can forget. Whether you are out there on the field, cheering on the sidelines, dancing at half time, a student in the Catpound, a parent supporting your child, a faculty member staffing the game, or just a member from the Eureka community, you have truly made a difference. Not only in the growth of the programs Eureka High School provides, but to every student who walks through those halls.

Coming from a small town, Eureka football is something that brings everyone together. Our town has a sense of unity when it comes to fall Friday nights.

They are an unforgettable experience, and something that everyone must return to, even after they graduate.

To those who are experiencing their high school journey right now, do not take a single moment for granted. Love it. Love it when it’s good. Love it when it’s bad. Love your teammates. Love your classmates.

Because later on down the line, you’ll be wishing you were back in those stands, cheering on your friends and anxiously waiting for the next week of Friday Night Lights in your hometown.

Eureka. Wildcat. Football.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.
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To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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