Competition is brutal

Brylee Huber, Editor-in-Cheif

No matter if seniors play a certain sport, take a certain class, or join a certain club, they all have one thing in common: scholarships.

   Although many of these competitions try to recognize specific talents, both local and national scholarships have general guidelines that students from all walks of life can apply to.

   At BHS, counselor Donna Bolen sends out an email filled with helpful information. Many students, especially those who applied to certain scholarships before it was found on the Senior Scoop, despair at the site of it.    

   Some students feel like they have to hide certain opportunities from others in hopes of having to compete against fewer students.

   Sierra Haddock, senior, however, does not agree with this mentality. “I absolutely despise competing against people I know in general because I want to be friends with them, but I would never hide a good scholarship from someone who could use it.”

   Many of the negative feelings stem from the above-average intelligence of the Class of 2021. Some students already have an ACT score of above 30, and a GPA of 3.9 could be seen as average.

   Also, six kids, or 10 percent of the grade, are in the Extended Learning class. This only adds to the stress for most people.

   “I personally don’t stress about the competing with friends; [I’d]  rather more stress about writing a paper that is good enough to stand out,” says Caedon Berkenmeier, senior.

   Another senior, Lily Rolf, has a similar mind-set, “Everyone in our grade is so freaking smart, so dumb people like me will never get any of the scholarships.”

   Competing against others in the grade is stressful for many students in the Class of 2021, but they are all doing what they can to get ahead in their futures.