By Aly Tanner

Looks like the days of crowning a valedictorian are coming to an end.

According to New York Post — The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade.

In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold — using Latin honors, for example.

This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians.

About half of schools no longer report class rank.  One argument comes from a principal in New York who says he feels for the 11th-ranked student who falls short of being recognized in the Top 10 of their class.

Of course, there are collegiate awards for top-ranked students.  So, some argue that these “participation”-style awards of, basically having NO award, will actually affect student’s futures.


Do you think schools should stop naming valedictorians?


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