America is a country built on being the best; from a timeline of being good, to growing and developing better and then establishing to the status of best whether as a team or individual. Americans love to win and are willing to put in the time, effort, sacrifice and money to obtain the goal of perfection in a specified area. From kindergarten, through elementary, middle, high school and on to the college and university years in the USA with the always underlying factor to students to reach high in their achievements which may lead to future successes, but for others may culminate with just having fun at something one can do well but not necessary best.
Competing defines the good, better, best and completely eliminates the bad. Competition is an opportunity for teams and individuals to present themselves and allow their skills, talents, abilities to be compared to others in acquiring the long searched for quest of being the best in their field of discipline whether academics, technology, medicine, sports, the arts, etc.
Many philosophers and psychologists have identified a trait in most living organisms which drive the particular organism to compete. This trait, called competitiveness, is viewed as an innate biological trait which coexists along with the urge for survival. Competitiveness, or the inclination to compete, though, has become synonymous with aggressivity and ambition.
Some examples presented in this article illustrates the wide variety of competition that is taking place in the schools of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast which exemplify the high capabilities to which students are cultivated by well trained, capable and dedicated teachers along with the support of principals, support staff and of course the parents who are there to take up the slack to ensure what needs to be done, gets done. All are to be commended.