DDSS has win­ning spirit

The Delhi News-Record - - OPINION - MIKE JIGGENS Mike Jiggens is a Delhi res­i­dent

Delhi District Sec­ondary School’s over­all grand cham­pi­onship vic­tory last week at the Nor­folk County Fair didn’t come as a sur­prise to me when I read about it on Face­book. The school has now cap­tured this crown for nine straight years.

It’s as if this is some­thing to be ex­pected ev­ery year on Young Canada Day. Per­haps this ti­tle should be chris­tened the DDSS Cham­pi­onship.

To put this in­cred­i­ble streak into per­spec­tive, a Grade 9 stu­dent who was part of the win­ning school team when the run first be­gan in 2010 has since grad­u­ated from both high school and univer­sity. Se­nior stu­dents from the also-ran schools would have been in Grade 3 when their cur­rent school might have last claimed this grand cham­pi­onship.

It’s a fan­tas­tic streak for Delhi and an ex­tremely long drought for the other four high schools in Nor­folk.

Win­ning once is one thing. Suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing such a crown year af­ter year af­ter year is par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult. The pres­sure con­tin­ues to mount with each pass­ing year, and the pre­vi­ous year be­comes an even harder act to fol­low.

A 10th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory would be a re­mark­able achieve­ment. Just think – to own this crown for a full, un­in­ter­rupted decade.

I’m not sure what has kept these kids mo­ti­vated all these years, but their game plan has ob­vi­ously worked won­ders. A vic­tory in 2019 will be the school’s most chal­leng­ing of all yet it will re­quire an even greater amount of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Stu­dents cur­rently in Grade 11 will be pushed by the want for an un­blem­ished record by the time they grad­u­ate. Their re­solve could prove con­ta­gious among the school’s ju­nior stu­dents, po­ten­tially elon­gat­ing the streak for more years to come.

The dis­mal weather on the morn­ing of Young Canada Day didn’t ap­pear to ad­versely af­fect the spirit of the DDSS stu­dents. They un­der­stood what was on the line and re­sponded ac­cord­ingly. Might the rain have damp­ened the will of the other schools?

What needs to hap­pen next year is for the DDSS stu­dents to not dwell on the streak and the mile­stone win that could po­ten­tially fol­low. They should sim­ply con­cen­trate on prac­tis­ing hard, tak­ing their school spirit to the next level, giv­ing it their all when the cue is given and liv­ing in the mo­ment. And if a 10th con­sec­u­tive crown is awarded, that’s the pay­off for the amount of ef­fort put in.

The other Nor­folk high schools are well aware of this streak, and you can bet they’re not go­ing to al­low a full decade’s dom­i­nance to oc­cur with­out a fight. They’ll be more mo­ti­vated than ever be­fore to steal the crown from DDSS.

But if the same win­ning formula is ex­e­cuted next fall, Delhi might just be look­ing at the op­po­si­tion through its rear view mir­ror once again.

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