By Samantha Morales ’20
Surprise! Surprise! There’s a female on the Football team. As the new 2019 school year started, Jenille Morales, a sophomore, was spotted strolling through the hallways with her own football jersey. Everyone was astonished to see and hear about a girl on the football team.
Morales tried out for the Football team along with her twin brother, Julian Morales, a sophomore. Jenille Morales is standing up against the gender norms. Pritzker has not had a girl on the team in years.
Julian mentioned that he did not think much about playing alongside his sister: “To be honest with you, I don’t really think about it much. She’s always been by my side my entire life, at first, I didn’t want her to play Football, but now I just see her as part of the team.” Jenille, on the other hand, emphasized the fact that when she was trying out she had to put way more effort in order to stand out: “I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it or not, but what I did know was that, in order to make it, I would have to put in a lot more effort than anyone else who was trying out. And to know what I was getting myself into, and I couldn’t be a danger to myself. I had to prove that I can defend myself from the others I would be going against in the long run.”
However, Julian said he did not underestimate her making the football team. “I wasn’t too sure, I played my freshman year, so I knew how tough it was. But I didn’t underestimate her.”
Jenille worked hard for her spot on the team and was surprised when she had got accepted, “I felt surprised and excited at the same time. Before the players were told if they made the team or not, Mr. Rychik informed us that he would be making the decisions on cuts based off what he thought was best for us as a coach and father. With that being said, I thought my chances for making the team decreased because of what my own father’s perspective was. Deep down my dad is worried that something will happen to his daughter on the field ,and all he ever wants to do is protect me the best he can. However, I tried my best at practice and tryouts and put in as much effort as I possibly could, and at the end of the day it paid off.”
Jenille emphasized the fact that boys from the Pritzker team are not intimidated by her, but the boys from other teams are: “When it comes to my own team I do not think the boys are intimidated by me at all. Just because I’m a girl, doesn’t mean they are going to take it easy on me. Trust me. However, when it comes to the other teams, once they realize I’m a girl, they usually don’t really use force and they don’t really want to hit me. I get it, ‘guys shouldn’t hit girls’, but in this case you gotta do what you gotta do.” To conclude this article, any girl thinking about trying out for football should do it and should not be discouraged just because of their gender. Having a girl on the football team makes the school and whatever girl on the team stand out.