GFP Intern Interview: Headmaster Dr. Chris Winters

By Courtney Oarr and Matt Pignataro, GHS ’14

On Thursday, the Greenwich Free Press interns sat down with someone who really embodies the true spirit of Greenwich High School none other than headmaster, Dr. Chris Winters to discuss the 2013-2014 year in review.

Q: How has this school year gone in your eyes?

A: This school year has had a lot of positives. However we have also had some significant negative events. For example, we opened this year with an extremely unfortunate tragedy.  However, from that tragedy the students responded to anti- bullying events such as Names Day in a really positive way.

Q: What are some highlights from this year?

A: This year we had continued success in athletics, science, music, theater, and so many other areas. For athletics the run that our Boys Basketball team made this year was outstanding and packed the gym every time there was a game. In science we had students receive awards not only locally but Statewide and even Nationally. For music we had each of our program go on a trip and win awards and finally for theater we put on many great productions this year. Also our AP exam rankings were extremely high this year.

Q: How is the school spirit this year at GHS?

A: School spirit is big at GHS. However, when people say school spirit they think of school spirit from the 50’s where the entire school would go to a homecoming dance or a football game. Students show their spirit through other ways. Kids still show up to sporting events but more kids are joining clubs, participating in campus clean-ups and many kids are joining student government.

Q: What did you think of the senior pranks?

A: Ha ha. This year there were a couple of clever ideas. I thought the kids rewriting the CARDS signs was funny.

Q: What about the dogs?

A: That was also an interesting idea, but obviously we can’t allow that.

Q:What about the color powder?

A: I think that it was a creative attempt however unfortunately it was unorganized though I do think it had potential. I would advise that the incoming senior class exercise creativity but be responsible in doing so.

Q: What do you think of the Senior Class?

A: I love the senior class, there were very few problems with them this year.

Academically the graduating class ranked very high, with test scores and whatnot. In terms of internships, we have had zero complaints from supervisors and mentors thus far, which is actually pretty remarkable since there are usually a few issues. They are respectable and have grown over the past four years.

Q: Do you have any advice for the Senior class?

A: No matter what you do make wise choices. Make ethical choices, play fair. Don’t be afraid to pursue passions and take chances.

Q: Do you have any advice for the incoming Freshman class?

A: I think that the main advice I would give to the incoming freshman class would be to enjoy it and realize that though the homework might be annoying it is all leading to your becoming of a better more educated individual. It is important to not get distracted by all of the temptations of modern technology and social media and to learn to balance work and all of the social distractions.

Q: To conclude, we wanted to ask you what one sentence you would use to describe this year?

A: I would say it was a year that reminded me of how much I love my job. I guess if I had to use one word to describe the year I would say, appreciation. Appreciation for the staff, for the parent volunteers, and for all of the hard work the student body puts into thriving and achieving excellence.

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