As another summer vacation is coming to a close, another successful summer session for the Basehor-Linwood strength and conditioning program has been completed.

This year saw the addition of an elementary session to the program. Now students from second to 12th grade can participate and the 2018 program saw nearly 600 participants. It ran from June 4 through July 28 with high school students working out Monday through Thursday, sixth-eighth grade Monday through Wednesday and second-fifth grade on Mondays and Wednesdays. Up to five sessions ran each day starting at 6:45 a.m.

Strength and conditioning coach Justin Wieser was happy with how the students got better during the summer.

“I saw a great deal of improvement across the board from all our groups,” Wieser said.

The improvement also came with strong attendance. There were 310 students who finished with perfect attendance. The first year, the program had 16 students finish with 100 percent attendance.

The 310 students were celebrated at Beast Feast 13 Thursday evening. After a presentation and former Basehor-Linwood athlete Zach Ferguson spoke. The collegiate soccer player spoke about the lessons he learned at Basehor like mental toughness, having a healthy lifestyle, and never telling yourself that you can't do something. After the speaker, the 310 students came together in the weight room for a team photo all in black T-shirts with “Trust the Process” on them.

After the stellar participation in 2018, Wieser hopes to keep seeing growth with the program.

“My goal is to continue to grow the reach of our summer program to help as many students in our district as possible,” Wieser said.