Life Skills students get a kick out of competing

The inaugural Gifted Soccer game was played during lunch at San Benito High School on Feb. 8, matching two teams of Life Skills students against each other in a friendly, yet competitive game that received an assist from the girls' varsity soccer team. SBHS senior soccer player and peer teacher Mariana Magana spearheaded the game, which she said came about after she played soccer at lunch with some Life Skills students a few months back, spurring the idea to involved more of them in an actual game. "It's so much more than starting something new," she said. "It's about the awareness and inclusion they all deserve." The Red Team edged the White Team 3-2, with both squads excitedly celebrating each goal as the crowd cheered them on. The Gifted Soccer games are scheduled to continue on various dates at lunch throughout the Spring semester, adding to the numerous inclusive programs at San Benito High School including a Gifted Cheer team, the Baler Buckaroo Rodeo for Life Skills students, the annual Gifted Games Olympic-style competition that alternates between SBHS and Gilroy High, the Life Skills Prom and Circle of Friends, in which 250 students participate.