The Future of Academia is “Missing”

Hannah Zhang ’22

A bad grade can be the scourge of any hard-working student’s transcript and good day. One slip and the rest of the semester is spent crawling back up, not to mention the occasional strict parent hounding you for proof that you’re working harder okay, you promise, yeah you’re studying right now, look.

To combat this, an intrepid group of Ridge High School students formed an alliance to stand in solidarity with others who are similarly tormented by inexplicable C’s and D’s in their Genesis profiles. On the second Monday of every month, the inter-grade group, “No Grades Over Bad Grades”, meets in the school’s atrium to discuss their upcoming assessments and debate whether or not they should “go for gold” (take the test, only if the results are guaranteed to exceed 90%) or “blank it” (turn in the test completely blank).

“I’d rather see a ‘Missing’ than a 68 on my transcript, to be honest,” said an anonymous Ridge sophomore. “I hate math, and numbers make me sick. But it works out! I don’t study for Honors Algebra II quizzes anymore, so I won’t have to read or write a single number until the SATs.”

“No Grades Over Bad Grades” was founded by two Ridge seniors, who also wished to remain anonymous. One is headed to Yale, and the other is off to Harvard, and both seniors cite their creation of this alliance as their tickets to college.

“I wrote my essay on the club and its mission, and Harvard Admissions actually wrote back to me to say how much they admired the drive of our student body,” says one of the founders.

Their club advisor—a teacher who also wished to be anonymous—commented, “I had no idea they were serious about this. Like, I agreed to be their advisor because I thought it was a joke. But the club is expanding and taking Ridge by storm, and I’m honestly kind of worried.”

Yale and Harvard are only some of the many universities on the East Coast praising “No Grades Over Bad Grades.” Half of the Ivy League have raved about the club in their newsletters, urging other high schools across the nation to form a branch of their own.

“These kids are demonstrating the courage needed to defy the norms of the modern day and are displaying incredible academic standards,” wrote Princeton University president President Princeton in the Princeton University newsletter. “The future of higher education is in their hands, and I couldn’t be more proud.”


Note: “No Grades Over Bad Grades” is not a real organization and should not be a real organization. Always, always do your best in your studies, no matter how bleak the outcome may seem!