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Sports commentary: Making the right choice

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Liberty student faces down a dilemma

By Mike Forster

 

Financial advisors will tell you that you need to have diversification in your investments.  Good ones will, anyway.

The idea is that a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, cash and gold will minimize risk while giving you a decent return.

Life is the same way.  A wide mix of activities makes for a richer life.  In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

Of course, a wide range of involvement can often result in timing conflicts.

Liberty High's Megan Beisser found herself in exactly that situation.

The senior has accomplished quite a bit in a short time, and is involved in all sorts of things.  She's in the LHS marching band; she's president of her class; she's Key Club president; and she runs track for her school.

She also carries a GPA of 4.416.  Beisser told me that the last time she received a B in any subject was when she was in the third grade.

Smart people, by the way, get opportunities to compete for scholarships.

Beisser has also been a standout in track and field.  During this year's indoor season, Beisser burned up the 55 meter hurdles.  At the 3A-West Regional meet, she set a personal best of 9.36 seconds, taking second place at that meet..

Fast people get opportunities to compete for medals.

As luck would have it, those opportunities crossed paths during the weekend of March 1.  As a finalist for a McDermott Scholarship, Beisser was asked to visit the University of Texas-Dallas campus along with the other 58 finalists.

By virtue of her second-place finish at the regional meet, she was invited to vie for State glory that same weekend.

Missing the trip to Dallas would forfeit any chance at a full scholarship to the school.  Missing the State meet would forfeit any shot at a State-level medal in her final year of indoor track.

She picked the trip to Dallas.  Even though the odds were excellent that she would medal at States (given her previous performances relative to the rest of the field), she put her future schooling first.

"It was a tough decision," she told me.  "I really love track.  You're working the whole season toward the State meet, so it was a big deal.

"But in the grand scheme of things, college is more important."

Somehow our society has decided that young people are a bunch of slackers:  people who take on little in the way of responsibility; self-absorbed folk who spend their days with their noses buried in an iPhone.

Well, society, you're wrong.  And Beisser is the kind of young person who dispels such notions.

Kathryn Beisser, Megan's mother, told me neither she nor Megan's dad, Fritz, got involved.  "It was not ours to own," she said.  "She's mature enough to make the decision.  She has to own it."

And own it, she does.  "I want to be a good steward of resources," she told me. 

As we go to press, no official announcement has come from Dallas.  I know that I'm hoping that this young lady gets good news, particularly having sacrificed a chance for glory on the State stage.

Megan has less of a dramatic view of that decision.

"Sometimes you have to give up something now for future benefits."

 

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I'd like to offer condolences to Jim Cutler and family on the passing of his wife, Justine.

True, she was the wife of a coach.  In fact, Liberty High School's baseball field is named for the guy to whom she was married for 53 years.

But, she was much more than that:  mother, educator, Christian, friend to many.

She was also the unofficial publicist for the ladies of the Bedford Country Club.  Many times, Justine would swing by the Bulletin bearing news and photos of one of her fellow golfers' exploits and adventures.

She never tooted her own horn, only those of her contemporaries.

I suspect Justine's already found the links located beyond the Pearly Gates.

God speed to you, kind lady.  May all your greens be lush.  And I'm sure any sportswriters up there will welcome your visits.