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Petition Started Asking Cerritos High to Reinstate Varsity Football Program

The online petition was formed after news spread about the school's decision to drop the CHS varsity football team to JV level competition for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season.

In response to the decision to drop the Cerritos High School varsity football team to JV level competition for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season, an online petition has been launched asking that the program be allowed to carry out its remaining varsity schedule for this season.

On the petition's homepage, created by Cerritos resident David Smith, the introduction statement reads:

"Student athletes have put a lot of heart and hard work into achieving a varsity status for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. It is important that the athletes are given their chance to continue what they have started. So much has been taken away from them with the decision to cancel the remaining varsity games. Some of these athletes will never be given the opportunity to represent their school or have a sense of fulfilling their individual goals on the main stage under the Friday night lights. Not only is this decision affecting the athletes, their are many other activities that take pride in showing their accomplishments. For example and not limited to band, cheerleaders, dance drill team, and others."

Supporters of the petition quickly chimed in with their thoughts:

  • This is my team. They have no right to take it away from after all the hardwork I put into it. -- Masseeh Yakuuby
  • This is a terrible decision by Cerritos High School Administration. It is sending the message to the kids that if they can't have a winning team then they won't play at all! -- Laura Bremmer
  • Academics are not the only thing needed! This means they can cancel any sport at any time, which will change my decision for my child to go there. -- Debbie McMillen

Click here to view the online petition.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS

DO YOU THINK THIS DECISION SENDS THE WRONG DECISION TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WINNING?

Andrew September 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I live in Cerritos, first time I'm hearing of this. So CHS is dropping Carsity FB because their record is not what they expected? seriously?! What next? What a joke..where do sign the petition.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Andrew, I think your reaction is shared by many others who are in shock over this decision. The link for the online petition is here: http://www.change.org/petitions/cerritos-high-school-administration-reinstate-the-varsity-football-program-for-the-2012-2013-year?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_modal&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=29253519
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Andrew, sorry about that, your comment made me realized I hadn't linked the petition to the article. Thanks for pointing that out, it's now been fixed with links to petition!! ~ MarieSam, Editor for Cerritos-Artesia Patch
Frank Sotelo September 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
What kind of message are we giving our seniors? If things go bad just quit? Well life just doesn't work that way. Let them play. Win or lose they will learn to endure tough times and as long as they give their best they will end up as winners. I am a Cerritos resident and my 12 yo plays tackle football but now I will make sure he stays away from Cerritos High School. Frank Sotelo
Marc Stout September 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I believe they should be playing at the Varsity level. If they are running short on players or talent they should bring players up from lower levels to play Varsity. Cerritos has had losing programs in football for a very long time. I understand that Cerritos has attempted to get coaches to turn the program around in there past and the most recent addition to the program is an excellent coach with winning records in his past. I myself along with many others firmly believe that the Cerritos High School community is not football friendly. To have a winning program players have to buy in and accept a winning attitude and stay long hours at practice. Parents have to accept the culture of a winning program as well. In addition what the hell is Cerritos doing in the Suburban league? They should have been removed from the league and placed somewhere in a smaller division with teams that reflect there skill set. Why did Cerritos schedule the pre-season teams in which they did? They could have scheduled teams in smaller divisions to allow there kids to learn prior to entering league. I thought the idea was to build a program with this new coachin staff. Cerritos also has a Youth Football program thats suppose to feed their school? where are these kids going after they play for Cerritos youth football? I have heard rumors kids dont attend school in there assigned district, parents/school staff doesnt back the program, and football just isnt a priority. Is this true? If so fix it!
intheknow September 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Heres the problem ABC school district has convince the community that CHS is an elite academic school. When the reality is that surrounding areas schools like Kennedy, Los Al, Buena Park and others, equal or surpass their test scores and still are able to put quality extra curriculum activities like sports, band, cheer, and ect. They want you to believe that the graduating class of 400 go onto ivy league and UC universities and the reality of the number is less than 60 to 70 kids getting into a UC. They also want you to believe that they can hire a big name coach dont let any new kids into the school and be sucessful. Not sure what they told that coach but i am sure he wont be there long...they wont let kids in from the ABC school district in so you know kids from the surrounding areas not going to be let in. If you only knew how many kids that CHS and Gahr lose to surrounding programs because of the arrogance and disinterest from the coaching, district and administration. There are plenty kids from Cerritos wearing cif rings from other schools and getting opportunities to play at the next level... Serves CHS right maybe this wakes up the people in power to address that a high experience should be more than a perception
Mike September 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Not only are the current student body and parents shocked and disappointed, so are the many alumni. Myself and other classmates were planning on a gathering for the Homecoming game, now that's gone. Spoke with my friend who played for CHS Varsity 92-93, 93-94; and he said the best memories he has is from those two season.

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