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Park High hires new athletic trainer

Erika Haines
Cheyenne Hanks, Athletics Trainer, assisting at Montana State University football game.

Park High School hasn’t had an athletic trainer in three years, but this school year they have hired a  trainer to help the various sports teams. “Our goal is to have a sports trainer every day,” stated Park High athletic director Nate Parseghian. As the fall sports seasons kick off Shiann Hanks has been at many of the soccer and football games helping the athletes when they are injured or need help preparing for games.   Hanks will be around for 13 game days for the fall sports seasons including soccer, volleyball, and football, which comes out to about twice a week. But as  It turns out there are way more open jobs for trainers than trainers themselves.  

 Shiann also works for the MSU football team as their trainer, which makes her schedule a busy one. Hanks works with all high school athletes any time she’s here. If a football player needs something during a volleyball game because she’s not here a ton that player could talk to her at that time. Parseghian says, “She is probably working up to 100 hours (about 4 days) a week between being a student and her job as a trainer.”  

During the winter, Hanks will hopefully be on Park’s campus more for the sports of basketball, wrestling, and cheer. They will be seeing more of her because the winter is a less busy sports season. The trainer position at the high school has been open for about three years, but as Mr. Parseghian says, “There have been few applicants, so we went out and started recruiting. Unfortunately, they weren’t coming to us.”

Parseghian asked the head athletic trainer at MSU, Robb Higgs, and he said he had a few students who might be interested in the position, and that led to Hank’s introduction. After bringing Hanks to a few games last winter, Parseghian said he knew she would make a great fit. 

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Erika Haines, Editor
Hello! My name is Erika Haines and I am a senior at Park High School. I have played Varsity Softball for the past three years of high school and was voted co-captain in 2023. I have also participated in Speech, Drama, and Debate for the past two years. I took fourth place at Divisionals in Original Oratory in 2023 and have qualified for state both years. I am an active member of National Honors Society too. I have interests in photography and sports media. This fall I have the honor to be media personnel at Montana State University football games. This opportunity, along with being on the Geyser staff, gives me the chance to explore the field of journalism. My father, Kevin Haines, was also a part of the Geyser staff back when he was in High School. He was a layout editor in 1985-1986. It is a pleasure to be able to continue something my father worked on all those years ago.  

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