In some areas, nearly half of high schools have deleted the tradition of naming salutatorians and valedictorians.
Honestly, I was (and still am) proud of one of our daughters who ranked #1 out of more than 500 graduates. She worked unbelievably hard for that honor. I’m grateful her achievement was recognized.
Today, the anti-valedictorian movement has strong advocates. As a result, some schools award multiple students with top grade point averages. Other schools have an entire “row of honor.”
In today’s sport, appearance and popularity-driven schools, any recognition of excellent scholastic is worthy of the attention.