Rachel Cook is looking forward to a recent rule change that makes it possible for Washtenaw Technical Middle College students to participate in sports offered by the college.
Now students under the age of 18, typically WTMC students are allowed to play – but with two important stipulations: They must have parental consistent and meet with the school’s dean, Karl Covert. They also must have a 2.0 grade-point average or higher and be enrolled in at least three credit hours.
“I think it’s really cool that I’m able to play,” said Cook, 15, a math and science major, “especially because not being able to play sports at WTMC was a huge deal to me.”
As of last week, about a dozen WTMC students had expressed interest in joining intramural teams and more planned on playing as different sports come into season.
“I’m waiting for fall, so I can play men’s volleyball,” said Tyler Hoffman, 17, a liberal arts major.
Erica Lemm, the WCC sports coordinator, had a lot of positive things to say about the change.
“There is a lot more participation, plus WTMC has some talented student-athletes,” Lemm said, “It’s especially nice if WTMC students plan to continue here at Washtenaw. It gives them a chance to meet more students and faculty and then they can join club sports when they turn 18.”
This change was welcomed by a majority of WTMC students, particularly those who have tried before to join club sports or start their own team. Now those students that missed their old favorite sports can play, meet new people and have back a little bit of the normal high school experience.