By: Christopher Griffiths
After running miles over scorching black asphalt, trudging up and down flights of stairs, sweating through set after set of push-ups and sit-ups, and sprinting up and down riverbank inclines, a cross country athlete rushes to the water fountain and gets a warm mouthful of water. Sound refreshing?
It’s not refreshing if you’re an athlete. “I could perform better with cold water because it would hydrate my body quicker”, said Daniella Mota, Samueli Cross Country runner.
Some students and athletes believe that the water here is not appealing because it is too warm. Everyone at Samueli Academy drinks water; we can’t live without it! According to authoritynutrition.com, a person’s body needs two liters of water a day.
Students might drink more water on campus, if it was cold. Sebastian Beltran, senior, states, “I think if cold water was accessible to us students, I would drink more water here at school. Cold water is more refreshing.” If water is refreshing, more people tend to drink it, keeping them healthy.
Not everyone agrees.
Mr. Bell and Ms. Ho share the opinion that cold water is not necessary for students. Mr. Bell stated, “I believe that students are entitled to have clean, pure drinking water. I don’t care about temperature.”
Water temperature also has an effect on our athletes here. Coach Joshua Wortman says on breakingmuscle.com that “Hydration is vital to an athlete’s performance, and usually the liquid consumed is cold, because not many people find a warm beverage to be refreshing during a workout.” He also decribes a study published in The Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, where participants consumed warm or cold water after various exercises, and then measured their core temperature. The results were very valuable. “The participants who had consumed the cold water during rest periods had a significantly smaller rise in core temperature compared to those who consumed the room temperature water.”
Teachers have the choice of using the water fountains or the dispenser in the office. Mr. Bell, Physics and Engineering teacher claimed, “I would drink less water if I had to drink out of the water fountains”. The water dispenser, mainly reserved for teachers and staff, has cold clear water available throughout the day. Bell continues by explaining, “I guess I could fill up my water bottle from the drinking fountain, which would be convenient, but that’s gross.” Sebastian Beltran seems to agree, describing the water as “warm and murky.”
Ms. Ho also gets her water from the dispenser and said, “I’m stuck in the classroom most of the day, so it would be hard for me to go out to the fountain.”
Mr. Saba doesn’t drink any water at school, only soda. He said, “ Our school has the same kind of fountains and water as other schools and parks.”
While this may be true, our school is no doubt different than traditional high schools. A September 2016 Samueli Newsletter reads, “From academics to school culture, we try to make decisions that we feel are best for all students, regardless of what other schools may or may not do.”
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