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High engagement in afterschool activities

| September 21, 2021 7:00 AM

Libby Public Schools saw a strong turnout among middle and high school students for this year’s fall sports and slate of afterschool activities.

Roughly 60 percent of the high school student body was involved in extracurricular activities as of a Sept. 10 school board meeting, according to athletic director Jim Germany. Co-curriculars activities — such as band and choir — added another 50 to 60 students to the mix.

“The number of kids that are involved in doing activities is really high. We love that,” he said.

Fewer middle school students came out for sports this year than in years past. Nevertheless, the middle school participation rate in extracurriculars at 50 percent didn’t trail far behind the numbers seen at the high school. Middle school engagement in co-curriculars was strong, said Germany.

High school football saw 37 players come out for the varsity squad this year. The varsity volleyball roster lists 13 players. Another nearly 20 players came out for the junior varsity and freshman volleyball teams. Cross country runners number 34 this season. Golf saw 17 players sign up.

At the middle school, 34 students came out for volleyball and 35 joined the football team.