ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - It may surprise you to know Parkway South High School has a fishing club. Even more surprising, they’ve had one for nearly 10 years and recently it’s become even more popular. They have 15 club members, students that may not fit the stereotype of what you might expect.
“It really attracts everyone. That’s why it’s so awesome though, because it’s so diverse and there’s kids from all different groups,” says Co-President Gracie Olderman.
Parkway South’s club includes students with special needs, a foreign exchange student, those interested in drama and photography and even students who really enjoy fishing.
Though the students have a lot of differences the one commonality is that they all want the club to be sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. This would give the students opportunities to earn scholarships. “It’s another avenue for students to go to college. If you are successful in this and you are able to do really well in tournaments, you’re going to get college scholarships. It’s my belief that not every kid excels within the four walls of the classroom,” says fishing coach Joe Rhodes.
To be sanctioned there needs to be 50 schools in 3 different districts sign up with the MSHSAA to sponsor a fishing team. Right now, the St. Louis area only has two, Parkway South and Clayton High School.
School administrators can find out more information about high school fishing and how to register a team at missourihighschoolanglers.org or contact John Neporadny at firstname.lastname@example.org.