Competition In High School.

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Out of the many challenges and problems that be face, it seems as if none are as overbearing as coping with competition. However, few can argue in favor of a world devoid of it. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines competition as "to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective" and "a contest between rivals." While this definition provides a good general understanding of the word, it lacks the realistic perspective that we face daily. My definition is "The assertive application of skill or aptitude in order to obtain an advantage over another." We live with competition every day; it is a driving force in the lives of many people.

Though competition is encountered early on, nearly every student will agree that competition intensifies during our high school years. Often, we see each other as rivals and competitors as we struggle to express our various talents and gifts that will most likely give us an advantage over our peers.

Daily, we young people are tempted to compromise our morality in order to make competitive progress. Our challenge no longer lies in identifying what to do but rather what not to do. In the natural, how are we supposed to identify right from wrong when our egocentric society dictates that, "The end justifies the means"? As competition continues to gain strength over morality, it seems that it is entwining itself into morality.

As we journey through high school, the level of competition is ever on the rise. Junior and senior years of high school mark the culmination of the fiercest competition that have

encountered thus far. With graduation approaching, we become keenly aware of our position in relation to our peers. For example, some fight for valedictorian; others fight to prove themselves through sports and extracurricular activities, using their specific talents...