- Drama, but this required dancing and memorization of lines. Both of which I knew would be torture
- Student Council, but this would require being elected, which as the school "geek" and "spas" (which a cold hearted gym teacher had named me in 6th grade after a tick I had due to my tourrett's syndrome during a game of soccer) or
- The academic teams.
So which did I chose? Well believe it or not I chose the academic teams, also known as the Academic Challenge and Academic Decathlon. I actually did quiet well in competition but when it came to practice I could hardly make it through. I had a poor attention span and couldn't shut up and take notes like the other kids did. I eventually found out that the whole team thought I was a "loud mouth" and annoying. This took a major strike to my already low self-esteem. The next year I hoped never to see the team again but the coach had other plans. This coach just happened to also be my Algebra teacher. Believe it or not she also happened to be my regular education representative at my IEP meeting. During the meeting my written expression came up. Well guess what she decided to say, "Well Cassie, I hope you are planning on joining decathlon again next year. The essay and speech events reinforce all these goals." My mother was set then.
In reflection I'm still not sure whether or not I'm glad I participated in decathlon and challenge. I do believe it helped my written expression and verbal skills but my self-esteem and social skills took a major hit. However I still have 3 years of high school to decide which side I am.