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The more involvement, the better the outcomes

High school students are encouraged to be in more activities

Increased involvement in activities was stressed as Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School students returned to the classroom last week.

The emphasis began during the orientation night for freshmen and their parents. Principal Blake Wendt presented data during the Aug. 21 school board meeting showing how academic success is tied to students' involvement in activities.

"I found that our students who did not participate in any extracurricular activities had an average GPA of 2.61. Those in four-plus activities had an average GPA of 3.62," he said. "For each incremental increase in activity participa...