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Choosing valedictorians

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Samantha Thompson, Memorial Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Valedictorians are recognized every year for their dedication to their studies and exceptional efforts and Edmond Memorial has multiple valedictorians made up of a group of students who have received A’s in every class throughout high school. While this process chooses some hardworking students to be valedictorians, this is not the most effective way to distinguish who should be valedictorian or salutatorian.  

Instead of solely basing merit on grades, seniors should be evaluated on the caliber of the classes they take along with their integrity, backed up by teachers, administration and other peers. This evaluation system is similar to the way that class rank is determined and should be used instead of the process based on just grades.

There are many students who take a full schedule of difficult classes, have many extracurricular activities and are also outstanding students, but they aren’t recognized for these achievements at graduation. Instead, some of the identified valedictorians are students who have drifted through high school without taking rigorous classes or extracurriculars.

Because this system is based only on grades, many students aren’t as motivated to take hard classes. Not only this, but because of this strong desire for students to earn only A’s, they and their parents are more motivated by the grade instead of what they are learning. If teachers and administrators expect students to take responsibility for their education and value what they learn, the material and knowledge must be more important than a grade.

The qualities and efforts of high school students should be valued more than a letter grade. Because of this, the method of assessing and determining the valedictorians should be re-evaluated.

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Samantha Thompson, Memorial Co-Editor-In-Chief

Hello! My name is Samantha Thompson and I am so happy to be a member of EMHS Ruff Draft. This will be my third year as a part of the staff, and as a co-editor...

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