Won't be valevictorian

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  1. madoka macrumors 6502

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    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...nmetvaledictorian.3b254412.html?npc&nTar=OPUR

    This is a partial excerpt from the article:

    Grapevine High School senior Anjali Datta holds the highest grade-point average of the 471 students graduating from Grapevine High School this year.

    In fact, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD officials believe her GPA of 5.898 may be the highest in the high school's history.

    It's still not enough to make her the valedictorian, which brings a one-year college scholarship from the state.

    Her closest competitor's GPA is 5.64. No one disputes that she's the top student in her class numerically. The problem rests with another number entirely.

    Anjali rocketed through high school in only three years.

    But a school district policy states: "The valedictorian shall be the eligible student with the highest weighted grade-point average for four years of high school."

    The dispute over Anjali's status as valedictorian comes down to interpretation: Does four years mean calendar years of school attendance or does it mean completing the credits it takes most students four years to earn?"

    It depends on whom you ask.

    The 16-year-old started taking high school classes in middle school and says her teachers encouraged her to graduate a year early because she had more than enough credits for graduation.

    She said a counselor assured her that doing so wouldn't affect her valedictorian status because she earned her four years of high school credit in the district's schools. Officials had no comment about what a counselor may have said.

    The policy was created to protect students from others who might transfer into the district close to graduation and usurp the class ranking of longtime students.

    Though that's not the situation in this case, the district's attorneys interpreted the policy literally.

    So at graduation ceremonies, 18-year-old Tyler Scott Franklin of Colleyville will be the Grapevine High School valedictorian.

    Anjali will be "Valedictorian – Three-Year."

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    Let's hope she learned something from Blair Hornstine:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Hornstine

    I love the fact that Blair got her acceptance to Harvard recinded for being a putz and all the notoriety she received for suing the school district.
     
  2. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    oh no... the crabs, the crabs! they're pulling me down!
    they... won't... let... me... out of the... bucket....
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    That's dumb. They should get new lawyers. Weighing marks over 4 years would mean for years worth of credit points. Also, she attended classes when she was in middle school, and that time should count towards her total years.

    And what the heck is a valevictorian? I thought it was "valedictorian". The Oxford Dictionary (in Leopard) doesn't even have the word 'valevictorian'.
     
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6

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  5. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    silly, isn't it?
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    pretty bad school imo because of this. it takes four years worth of credits to graduate. this student obviously meets that requirement. /head desk
     
  7. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    And in 5 or 10 years the title of high school valedictorian will matter how?

    Okay, so a one year scholarship might be worth fighting for, but with those kind of grades, I would be looking for a few full ride offers to roll in.
     
  8. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    hmm think race might have anything to do with it?
    naming a non-white kid as valedictorian versus the white sounding "Tyler Scott Franklin" who is getting it?
     
  9. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    If she completed all the required courses and didn't transfer she should get the honor. The article even says its there to ensure transfer students don't get the honor.

    And what kind of freakish high school is this? My high school is notorious for being one of the best in Washington State, but I don't think anyone got anywhere close to a 6.0 GPA. Her social life must suck.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Simple, enroll in 1 year of study hall, and graduate in a year.
     
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I agree with their decision: the valedictorian should be from the graduating class. The highest ranked senior rightfully deserves the title of valedictorian, and should not be kicked into second place by a junior who decided to graduate high school a year early.

    Meanwhile, how do you get above a 5.0 GPA?
     
  12. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    Some schools count AP class grades on a high point average scale. Weighted different than a regular class.
     
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, I understand that. At my high school an "A" in an Honors or AP class was weighted as a 5.0. ...But based on the graduation requirements, even a 5.0 average was impossible because there were a few non-Honors class requirements. How could you possibly get a 5.8?
     
  14. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    So age decides? That makes academical sense... sleepy time.
     
  15. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    That is my though. If you choose to graduate a year early you give up all right to be valevictorian. It would suck to be a Senior who had valedictorian and then a jr decides to finish early and takes it.

    I think the 4 year requirement is a good one and it protects the senior who took 4 years to get there from being blind sided by some one choosing to finish early.
     
  16. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree with this.

    Curious about the high GPA as well.

    When I went to HS, the highest was a 4.25 (Whatever an A+ equalled) GPA.
     
  17. iShater macrumors 604

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    That was the first thought that crossed my mind.
     
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    HS gpa are over rated and each school has its own system. My HS for example did it out of a 100 point scale. Honors and AP class where worth 5 extra points. So the max possible grade to earn in any class is a 105.
     
  19. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    I don't mean to hijack the thread or anything, but this post made me think of:

    http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/crabs/


    And yeah, at my school AP grades are weighted 5.0 so it would be impossible even to get a 5.0. 5.8 sounds crazy :eek:! how do colleges around the nations even compare these crazy scales?
     
  20. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Similar concept, but the valevictorian must wish the class farewell while dressed as a character of his or her choice from Dickens. The speech traditionally ends with the valevictorian pleading for another serving of secondary education and being chased off the podium by the cane-wielding headmaster.
     
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    a lot of college will demand to see the unweighted GPA (no extra points for Honor/AP classes) formate in a 0-4 or a 0-100 scale
     
  22. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting.

    Let's say I was a B student and am talking with one of these HS students, and they ask me what my GPA was. I reply 3.0, and their first thought is wow, he must be a dummy since that is like a C/D on their scale. :)

    Personally, I think that grade scales should be standardized so they are all the same. The 4 point scale seems okay for that. But it looks like others have different opinions.
     
  23. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    Maybe they count AP classes are weighted 6.0. I don't know. It sounds like the only logical way.
     
  24. adk macrumors 68000

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    Same for me. I had a blast graduating behind people who got a higher GPA than me through remedial classes while I was working my tail off in honors.
     
  25. Chundles macrumors G4

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    A mate of mine was Dux at my High School - he got it because he was the smartest.
     

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