Participation Awards


Michlynn Churchwell, Contributor

Participation awards are for everyone!

I think participation awards should be given in every sport. I don’t really agree with a winner or loser, especially when you’re all on the same team. I don’t think it’s fair that there is only one person winning, when there is a whole team. 

I think everyone should get a participation award because it makes you feel good to win something. That way everyone will get something even if they didn’t do very well. It helps people’s self-esteem when they win something, and I think that’s amazing. I think this is crucial because not everyone stays positive when they lose. For example, I do not; I take rejection pretty hard. I don’t like to think that I can’t do something well, especially if I really want to. I don’t think anybody wants to think that they can’t do something they want to.

The other side of the argument says that you need to earn it. They say if you worked hard for it, then you should be the one to get the award. The other side said first place is for the winner only. So, if you worked for it and earned it, then you should be the one to get the award. If you were the hardest working player on the team, then you should get three awards. I think you should get a participation award, an achievement award, and a winning award.

I think a solution to this problem is that everyone should get a participation trophy, plus another one to tell you what you accomplished that year. Then everyone will be a winner in a way. The best player should get a first place trophy, but everyone else should be rewarded for something they did well too. That’s how I think everything should work, in my opinion.

I still stick by everyone getting a participation trophy, plus one to show what you achieved. I think first place should still get a trophy, but everyone should be rewarded, so it’s somewhat fair. That’s my opinion, and I’ll stick by it.