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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
After only a couple of weeks and a few home games into the volleyball season, Washington County High School's decision to offer students free admission to home athletic events has resulted in a significant increase in the number of students attending games.
Something the school noticed on the first night students used the pass was students repeatedly entering and exiting during the event. The school has remedied that situation by charging students who re-enter after being admitted the first time for free.
“That's just a safety issue,” said WCHS principal Leon Smith. “We don't need to have kids running in and out of the parking lot.”
Smith was quick to add his appreciation for what athletic director Chad Willis and Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition member Jill Settles have done to get the pass program in place.
Willis has stated that he noticed a “dramatic increase” in the amount of student participation. Several parents of WCHS students have also voiced their appreciation of the pass program.
It has been so much of an early success that the athletic director at North Hardin High School contacted Willis about the program and how to get it started, much in the same manner Willis inquired about it from Green County’s athletic director.
The real test will come with the start of basketball season, when several games are played during the week, to see if WCHS students show up consistently for multiple basketball games during the week.