The use of smartphones has been making headlines lately. Some articles cite studies linking internet usage to depression in teens. But while smartphones and other technologies can be associated with addictive and harmful effects on children and teens, the positive uses of technology are pervasive and indisputable in today's world and are only becoming more critical to success in school and future careers. Currently at Mitchell High School, there are students enrolled in 216 dual credit courses, most of which are taken online. And for many, they're beneficial.
With Christmas just around the corner, the third week of December might just be the busiest time of the year. Our schedules are over-filled with parties, concerts and Christmas programs, while at the same time we have presents to buy and suitcases to pack. As if all of that weren't enough, for the students and teachers at Mitchell High School, this week also brings semester final tests.
South Dakotans are a giving, generous people. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, South Dakota ranks fourth in the country in volunteerism. Just over 35 percent of South Dakotans volunteered their time in 2015 for community service, while 57.2 percent of residents donated to charity. Volunteer work is something that is ingrained in South Dakotans since our youth. Foundations and groups, such as the National Honor Society, encourage high school students to volunteer which helps mold them into helpful, community-serving members.