School Participation In Esports Grows As Supporters Fight For Relevance

By: Elizabeth Dohms

No one at Montello High School had received an athletic scholarship since 2000.

Finally during the 2017-18 school year, two students did. They weren’t captains of the football team or all-star softball players — these were the best video gamers.

The next school year, two more students won scholarships for participating in esports — a growing field in extracurricular high school athletics of organized, competitive video game play that pits students against teams from other schools.

The Montello School District serves fewer than 700 students in an area northeast of Baraboo. For the small district, esports is proving to be a real opportunity, said David Lockstein, information technology director at Montello.

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