Do Grades Matter?

By: Elizabeth Si

At Winchester High School, students are under a lot of pressure to perform well academically. We often take as many as Honors and AP classes as possible in hopes that our challenges, and hopefully the fruits thereof, will both boost our GPA’s and impress college. However, as one often becomes mindless to the machine, do grades really matter? In an environment where academics are highly valued, grades are coveted because they are seemingly the only way to prove someone’s level of understanding. In life, however, your grades don’t define you. A bad grade on a test is far from the end of the world. A grade lower than an A isn’t bad. Though yes, grades are important in the academic realm, it’s important to not let them take over your life.

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Are kids too attached to their screens?

By Daniel Zhou

Let’s admit it: we are mesmerized by our phones. We will pick them up reflexively whenever there’s a pause in a conversation. Many of us won’t hesitate to check social media, snapchat, and texts when we are in line or in class. Phones have been a life-changing addition to our lives over the past decade. By having infinite sources of entertainment, the internet, and your friends at your fingertips, your phone practically holds everything you want; it is no wonder why phones became so addictive. Even chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of draconian and isolationist therapy, where they are cut off from all screens. It should be noted, however, that the effectiveness of this treatment has yet to be demonstrated.


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