Equality for Maine female wrestling

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In the wrestling room (famously known as the Pit), at Morse High School, a board hangs on the wall with the names of all Morse's state champion wrestlers. 

This board, dating back to Morse's first champion in 1968, is a constant reminder of every wrestler's goal. During brutal practices, grueling weight cuts, intense matches and crushing losses, that board stands to remind us why we do it.

However, that board doesn’t tell the whole story. My name is Micailah Albertson and I am a two-time 115-pound state champion. My name is not on that board. 

When I pursued the idea, I was denied permission to have a different board for female state champions. The dispute about the female board is based on the fact that I won the female only state tournament while those on the board won the Maine Principals Association (MPA) sanctioned state tournament.The MPA allows females to compete against males for the state title. However, since Maine's first female wrestler in 1996, there has never been a female state champion at the MPA sanctioned tournament. That's a sign that something's wrong. Thus, the female wrestling community has been pushing to get a female tournament sanctioned. 

 This petition is to help the school board see that a change needs to occur, and that change starts with a female state champion board at Morse High School. With the support and participation of every female wrestler's high school behind her, we can begin to grow the sport and finally reach the goal of an MPA sanctioned female state tournament and eventually a female division of wrestling. This board isn't for me. It's for the girls following behind me so that they might have the same goals as their male teammates.  

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