GHS competitive excellence isn’t limited to sports

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As the Olympics continue, athletic competition is thrown into the spotlight of the world. But at Greenwich High School, the fruits of competition are not merely limited to those with abilities designed for thriving in the realm of sport.

The idea of representing one’s high school is usually most associated with sports. The athletes of GHS represent it well in FCIAC and state competitions that are covered in this and other papers continuously. But recently the notion of representing the school has spread beyond the playing field into another area: academic competitions.

Several Greenwich High academic teams have thrived in recent years. The math team has won several consecutive state championships. The debate team has continued on its record breaking season last year with more strong results this year, as eight debaters have already qualified for the varsity state competition in late March.

Once again, several scientific student projects have received national recognition through the Intel International Science Fair and other competitions. The We The People Team, which takes part in a constitutional law competition, performed admirably at states this year after a strong finish at nationals last spring.

This growing success has sparked greater interest in these types of activities. Students have recently launched a school science team. The newly formed robotics team achieved great success in the zerorobotics competition, and were rewarded as part of a group that controlled a robot on the International Space Station. And unprecedented amounts of freshmen and sophomores are expressing interest and participating in Model United Nations, debate and other such clubs at the high school.

Students at GHS are competing on behalf of their school using much more varied talents than just speed, strength and athleticism. The academic competitors at Greenwich High School are putting their intelligence, creativity and work ethic to pursue success across several diverse disciplines.

While there may not be a medal at the end of the line in these fields, the “go for gold” mentality has swept over the student body, inspiring an Olympian spirit in young competitors of all types.

 

Nick Abbott
Greenwich

The author is a senior at Greenwich High School.

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