Follow the Leader

Bella Rainey, Staffer

Three different fall activity members who serve their teams as a captain or leader shared their experiences. Seniors Emily Kurtz, a band leadership team member; Elise Wasson a varsity cheer captain; and Bradley Papez, a varsity football captain.

While all three leaders are different, all share one similar desire: to better their team and set an example for the leaders to come after their reign.


Timberland takes great pride in their values of leadership, according to parent reviews from 2016.

The captains spoke about how they worked their way up and obtained their leadership role.

“In the beginning of the year we were offered to make a speech on why we thought we were a good choice to be captains,” Wasson said. In this sense, the cheerleaders did a majority rule, but the varsity football team does things a little differently,

“I had to have leadership skills and also had to be able to be coachable to help out other players,” Papez said. Papez further explained that the captains are chosen by their personal impression, not by popular vote. Kurtz said there are differences that band has compared to fall sports when it comes to leadership.

“I take attendance every morning and am always able to help my section members out whether it is with music or their marching technique,” Kurtz said.

The band works cohesively as a team, with leaders who help pull it together, according to Kurtz.

“While a sports captain is one or two people leading their team, the band leadership team consists of 20 people all trying to make the band experience run smoothly and efficiently. Every person on the leadership team has a specific job,” Kurtz said.

Being a leader is not easy, according to Wasson, Papez, and Kurtz. The three all agreed that with the help of the Timberland faculty and staff, they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to become a better leader.