Students voice concerns over final class rankings

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

The finish line may just be a day away for the Class of 2015, but two graduates from this year’s class are far from finished in their fight to bring more transparency and clarity to the school district’s ranking policy.

Stephen Magee, currently ranked second by the district, and Austin Roberts, currently ranked third, were at one time considered the valedictorian and salutatorian of this year’s senior class.

Those rankings changed earlier this year when another student who was once home schooled before enrolling in his junior year fought for and won for his right to be eligible for consideration for the position of valedictorian.

The district's local policy regarding eligibility for the position of valedictorian and salutatorian states: “The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second highest ranking, respectively. To be eligible for such recognition, a student must:

“1. Have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the four full semesters immediately preceding graduation;

“2. Have completed the Recommended Program or the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program for graduation; and

“3. Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school.”


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