• Show your support and CHS Spirit from April 16th to April 19th for CHS Mental Health Week!!

  • Don't forget: ACT Testing @ library, downstairs lecture hall, English classrooms, and downstairs science classrooms from 7AM – 3PM on April 14th! Good luck to everyone testing!!

  • Congratulations to Jason Jezek for his golf teams’ clean sweep at the district tournament – varsity and JV!! They're headed to Regionals in 2 weeks!

  • Shoutout to John Furlow and Nicole Kitagawa for their tennis teams’ district championships: freshmen boys, JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys!!

  • Come cheer on the First Colony Dream League this Saturday 4/14!!. Games are played at the First Colony Little League fields and they start at 9 AM and 10:30 AM!!

  • Come out for the 10th anniversary of the Grant-A-Starr Fun Run on April 21, for a 8:00AM start!! It'll include a 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk!!

The Round Up

Living life with Leila

My fellow classmates, it’s time to talk about the topic that is on practically everyone’s mind here at the ever-prestigious William P. Clements high school… the infamous “GPA game.”

I know this acronym+word combination brings you a lot of anxiety, which myself and a lot of other students can definitely relate to, but let’s try to keep a level head and get through this conversation. We can stress some other time.

So we all want a 4.0 and to have a stellar resume to get into a prestigious college to major in some sort of fancy-sounding type of science to have a nice job to make a lot of money and then find the perfect, smart person who also has a good job so you can live in a rich neighborhood with a nice school that’ll push them to get that 4.0 and the process is just never-ending. But here is the flaw in that equation… you work so hard for the future that the present becomes meaningless.

You think you can test your way through life, that a number can justify and define every fiber of your being, but you are so much more than a piece of paper or a set of your statistics. High school is only four years. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, “what have I really accomplished?” and “what have I actually learned?”

You can have a 4.0 from cheating or from true intelligence, but at the end of your high school career, you’re going to be carrying so much more than a transcript out of these doors. You’re going to have to live with every decision you’ve made and every opportunity you missed out on because your head was stuck up a book. Or up your own ego.

What good does that make you?

I’ll admit I get caught up in this fear that I won’t be successful or won’t find who I’m meant to be with, but I realized that this is not it. High school isn’t the end-all-be-all. I have my whole life ahead of me. I have so many more places to go, so many more people to meet, and so many lessons outside of these walls I have yet to learn.

I’d rather graduate knowing I did everything I could to be a good person, establish happy relationships, and overall be the best version of myself that I can be than being left with 4.0 that came from sleepless nights, stress, and missing out on spending time with my family. Once you leave here, you’re gone. Don’t take advantage of the time you have now.

Tell your parents and your siblings how much you love them. Go to that concert. Give that date a chance. You won’t be able to get these moments back, so don’t waste the present on the possibilities of the future. 

One B isn’t going to kill you. What’s going to kill you is looking back on your high school experience and having nothing but the GPA.

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