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Celebrating female athletes: PHS’s inaugural recognition breakfast

Megan Cox
Former and current PHS female athletes fill the tables of the cafeteria to enjoy breakfast together.
Kara Waddell organized the very successful first female athlete appreciation breakfast at PHS on February 7th. (Megan Cox)

This past Wednesday, Palatine High School hosted its first-ever breakfast for the school’s female athletes. All former and current female athletes who participate in sports both in and out of school were invited to a morning full of doughnuts and socializing in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The teacher who organized the event, Kara Waddell expressed great enthusiasm about creating larger and more frequent events to further encourage the female athletes of PHS. “We hope to make the breakfast an annual tradition and we hope to do a bigger ‘Pack the Place-type event at a Girls Basketball game next year as we want to really highlight all of our young women in sports at PHS and the greater Palatine community!” Waddell said.

“I play softball and have been playing since 5th grade. Softball makes me feel calm and gives me a sense of purpose. I really love what I do” said PHS senior Paige Lasalle. (Megan Cox)

Throughout the enjoyment of chatter and a light breakfast, students were encouraged to acknowledge the lengths female participation in sports has come since the enactment of Title IX. Since 1972, Title IX has helped eliminate the discrimination that existed throughout the country which resulted from the severe inequality of opportunities for minority students.

“I do track and cross country. I’ve been running for about 6 years. Running makes me happy, and feel accomplished and motivated.” senior Mia Wikar said. (Megan Cox)

The high involvement of women in sports over the past decade has challenged the stereotype that female athletes are less skilled and interested in athletics. Though there are still large pay gap differences between male and female athletes, media coverage of women’s sports has reached an all-time high as boundaries get pushed farther and records continue to be broken.

This breakfast of appreciation served not only as a way to acknowledge the success the female athletes of PHS have had, but also foster a sense of support within the sporting community. For years to come, PHS staff members such as Mrs. Waddell hope to continue the push toward encouraging female athletes in the community. “We have an opportunity to bring more awareness to female athletes and to show our support and help lift up, inspire and empower young women,” Waddell said.

Members of the girls tennis team smile for a photo alongside one of their coaches, Mrs. Hoening-Coyl. (Megan Cox)


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Sonia Jezierski
Sonia Jezierski, Features Editor

Sonia Jezierski is a Senior at Palatine High School and this is her 2nd year being an editor for Cutlass. She is the president of Ecology Club, enjoys testing her scientific knowledge as a captain of Science Olympiad, is the marketer for Foreign Exchnage Club, and the president of Choir. Jezierski also participates in Tri-M, Yearbook Club, Rho Kappa, Student Council, Service Club, NHS, and is a manager of Boy’s Gymnastics. Sonia frequently writes in her free time and enjoys spending her time volunteering at animal shelters. She hopes to study at a 4-year university to become an Environmental Scientist once she graduates high school. 

Megan Cox
Megan Cox, Graphic Design Editor

Megan Cox is a junior at Palatine High School. She is very involved in art at PHS and makes graphics for Cutlass. Cox is a photographer for the school yearbook. In her free time she volunteers at a dog shelter and works at Bead World in Palatine. Cox also spends lots of time with friends. Cox plans on pursuing chemistry or art in her future. She enjoys watching action movies with her dad and sleeping with her dog Arlo. 

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