Should be recognized
In response to the news story “Many high schools in W.Pa. move away from naming single valedictorian” (June 2 and TribLIVE.com): I strongly disagree with the move to dismiss this position of distinction. As the would-be valedictorian at my high school (if it were an acknowledged position) for the Class of 2013, I would like to say that a little friendly competition (mind you, one of academic achievement ) serves as preparation for competition in life.
While it is true that the system has its flaws, the position of valedictorian is an honor earned throughout all four years of high school and should certainly be recognized. It is mentioned by an interviewee in the story that eliminating the valedictorian helped her to become a more well-rounded student. On top of being No. 1 in my class, I am a distinguished member of two varsity sports teams; am involved with marching band, concert band, strings and choir; and am an active member/leader of five different clubs. How much more well-rounded can one get?
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