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IT MAY PAY TO GET INVOLVED, BUT PARTICIPATION HAS A PRICE

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A high school counselor would probably tell you it pays to get involved. But, in Utah County high schools, it costs to get involved. Sports, music and advanced academics all come with a high price tag.

Overachievers, athletes and musicians in Utah County high schools pay more fees than average students.A student at Provo High School who plays two sports, takes two advanced placement classes and is a member of a choral group would pay approximately $213 in fees, depending on which advanced placement classes he takes.

Jim and Karin Toone of American Fork have eight children, three attend American Fork High School. Karin Toone said she paid $191 in fees for her daughter, a senior. Toone said that included a yearbook but not the chamber singer outfit. She guessed her daughter might have to earn $2,000 more if she goes on two choir tours.

Toone said one of her sons' fees came to $181 and thinks the other son's will be about the same. Neither amount includes sports fees.

"If they want to be in anything it costs money for whatever they do," she said.

It is more expensive to be involved, she said, and her kids are aware of that fact. She said they hesitate at times to participate in all the activities but she thinks they should have the experiences.

"I want them to feel like they can be invloved," she said.

Nebo School District Public Communications Specialist, Francis Larsen said students who are more involved pay more.