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Northeast Times | September 27, 2022

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Westlake Academy Student Leads the Way in Digital Detoxing

Westlake Academy Student Leads the Way in Digital Detoxing

Another year, another state title for the Westlake academy girls basketball team. When the blacksmiths beat burton adventist academy 26-22 a couple weeks ago, it was Westlake’s 4th straight Texas christian athletic fellowship state title and 7th overall.

As an international baccalaureate charter school, students have a rigorous academic schedule as well as their extra curricular activities. it can be a bit overwhelming to get everything accomplished in a day, which made Westlake basketball player, Natalie greenwood, dig deeper into her own time management.

That movement became the focus of her sophomore year personal project. It’s called the “digital detox” and she recruited over 170 students from 20 different schools to join in. It’s a one week break from social media and the point is to find out a purposeful balance of social media in your lives. Her results were quite eye opening.

The north Texas Honda dealers helpful gals got wind of the project and decided they wanted to help as well. On a Friday afternoon, they came to Westlake and collected some of the students technology for a while to see how they would interact with each other without the use of social media. The students played an interesting game of tic tac toe where they would have to converse with each other in order to put a chip on the board. It was a successful experiment and got the kids ready for Natalie’s week long digital detox.

The feedback Natalie received was so positive that she hopes to expand this movement to other schools across the metroplex and then the country.