Over 2,000 Storm Activities participants were recorded in 2018-2019, and the numbers continue to grow. At the high school level, there were 912 students who participated in 31 high school sports—the highest recorded participation in school history. The average for the past five years was 855. The middle school also saw a similar increase, with 24 more student-athletes participating than during the prior year.
Sauk Rapids-Rice students have the most options for activities in the region. In addition to high school sports, there are 23 middle school sports, 23 high school non-sport activities and 12 middle school non-sport activities. These non-sport activities are commonly known as “fine arts,” and are fee-based. Many students publicly compete or perform in them as students do in sports activities. These types of activities include art club, speech, drama, marching band, robotics and more. There are 348 high school participants in fine arts programs such as these. They include activities like competition band, choir and visual arts, to name a few. This programming does not include students who are members of co-curricular programs or clubs, like those who participate in student council or culinary program.
Within the Central Lakes Conference, only one other school offers as many high school sports and fine arts programming. Most schools in the conference do not offer the amount of non-Minnesota State High School League fine arts programs that are available to students through Storm Activities.
Students are taking advantage of the opportunities within the district. A total of 2,073 students in grades 6–12 participate in athletics and fine arts—there are 1,655 athletic participants and 475 fine art participants. Among these are 437 students who participate in more than one sport and 95 students who registered for more than one fine arts activity.
This outstanding participation is because of the district’s and board of education’s continued support. During the past decade, 19 programs have been added or re-instated to create more student opportunities. Within the high school, some of these activities include adapted soccer, adapted floor hockey, adapted softball, alpine skiing, clay target and trap shooting, girls Lacrosse, boys Lacrosse, middle school LINK(HS)/WEB leaders, boys and girls Nordic skiing, Project 4 Teens, First Robotics, middle school Science Olympiad, boys soccer, girls soccer, speech, boys swimming and diving, boys tennis and the visual arts.
“The leadership from the board and within the district has made it a priority for our programs and department to create opportunities for students,” says Activities Director NaDean Schroeder. “Being involved in an education-based activity really gives a student a place to belong, people to connect with and teaches them life-long skills like accountability and respect.”
Learn more about Storm Activities and programs HERE.