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PHS math teacher Aryn Hinkle asked her statistics class to study topics of interest and make their own statistical analyses. eSomethin published 10 of the students’ articles.

Survey explores correlation between GPA and water consumption

Katie Menke
Special to eSomethin

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Depending on gender and size, teenagers are supposed to drink between 64 and 80 ounces of water a day (www.eatright.org).

TopicOfInterest_250pxAnd when a student drinks the recommended amount of water, they are considered healthy. Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds, leading to better grades, or so we thought.

On November 11, 2015, all students in a second-period study hall were asked the same questions through a paper survey: What is your GPA and how many ounces of water do you drink in a day?

By looking at the survey, they all probably scratched their heads, wondering the point of these questions. The majority of the population, especially Perrysburg High School students, want to know what is needed to help them along in life.

gpaIf they drink more water, will their intelligence grow?

Well, Allie Kemp and I were determined to know if there was any connection. After the collection of randomly choosing 46 surveys out of all the students, what we discovered was not what we thought.

There was no strong association, meaning no large evidence, proving that one thing can affect the other.

Surprisingly enough, we found that those with higher GPAs drank fewer amounts of water than those with lower. Now, do not misunderstand us. We are not saying that if you drink less, you will become smarter. It is just that there was such a weak association that it cannot be depended upon.

So, we are safe to announce that the amount of water one drinks has no impact on their intelligence. So don’t worry if you forgot a water bottle today, you will still ace that test.

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