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Valedictorian - is it fair?

ilovenyiloveny Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
edited October 2008 in High School Life
Hey, just wanted some opinions on our school's valedictorian issue.

We think our current valedictorian-to-be does not deserve his rank. His non-weighted gpa is a 3.5--the only reason he is our valedictorian is because he has taken over 10 physical education classes at our local college which are considered to be weighted under our grading system, thus raising his overall weighted GPA--which is the GPA our school uses to determine the class's rankings.

Is this allowed? Is it possible that he can just be valedictorian just because he has stacked up his weighted classes? He practically has 10 Bs while our salutatorian has 1 B in all the same classes. We've all practically killed ourselves with APs and honors to get the A grades we have, and he is putting in less effort than we are.

Is there anything we can do?
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Replies to: Valedictorian - is it fair?

  • meadow36meadow36 Registered User Posts: 5,620 Senior Member
    Wow...why would one take so many Gym classes...?

    Personally, I'd talk to the principal about the way they're allocating weighted grades. Plus, don't colleges take out all non-academic classes out when calculating GPA? So I'm guessing colleges would catch on to his mischief....
  • mydixiewreckedmydixiewrecked - Posts: 268 Junior Member
    I have an idea: stop caring so much about school.
  • AeroEngineer3141AeroEngineer3141 Registered User Posts: 3,607 Senior Member
    That is one messed up grading system you've got over there.

    Why would gym be weighted? That's like the last class I'd consider for weighting.
  • Anon_Person_1Anon_Person_1 Registered User Posts: 2,453 Senior Member
    ^ likely-all college classes are graded weighted...

    talk to the principal. bring your parents.
  • Jman2306Jman2306 Registered User Posts: 2,489 Senior Member
    I have an idea: stop caring so much about school.

    ^This. Really, who cares. Being valedictorian is nothing special. It's not like you win a prize. lol
  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    talk to the principal. bring your parents. = win
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,608 Senior Member
    At least you won't have to give a boring speech this way.
  • ansaransar Registered User Posts: 2,071 Senior Member
    Yeah, grumpy parents usually lead to success in the school. :D
  • ChaiMexChaiMex Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    Call you parents to strip him of his title????
    NO! that is beyond low...

    As unfair as it may be, he is not going to get into Harvard because he is in 10 Gym classes. Class rank isn't everything, and if you are truly more qualified then he is schools will know that.
    Let him have an inflated GPA, now if it kicks you out of the top 10, or whatever, I would talk to the principal about making you tie with where you should be.
    But to strip his title, will humiliate him. Even if it is unfair, Number 2 is not a bad position.

    So if i were you I would get your rank moved up by one or two if he supposedly should be of lower rank then you. But beyond that, no school will accept a student based on how many PE classes he took.
  • lilyrobinlilyrobin Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    It doesn't seem fair, no, but if that is the clearly stated policy (that any college course is weighted like that), then there's really nothing you can complain about. I mean, you CAN, and you could get parents involved, but I think it's just something you gotta accept. The salutatorian just has to know that he really worked really, really hard for his grades in tough courses, and colleges will see that.
  • InvoyableInvoyable Registered User Posts: 3,582 Senior Member
    LOL 10 physical education courses + weighted...I seriously lol'd.

    It's unfair, but I don't think the title "valedictorian" is as important as people think it is.
  • PKWsurf21PKWsurf21 Registered User Posts: 556 Member
    Why does it matter to you if he graduates first in the class. Colleges obviously know whether or not the classes that he is taking are BS or not. It's not like the admission officers are dumb. If you have challenged harder courses and done well in those classes, there's no need to worry. You won't get to brag that you're #1, o well, but will get to brag about the fact that you're going to end up at a better school than he is.
  • westcoast_westcoast_ Registered User Posts: 773 Member
    seriously, who would want to take ten pe classes at a college
    REGARDLESS of age or GPA
  • califacalifa Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    No, it's not fair, but being valedictorian really isn't very important.
    Colleges know that every hs weights grades differently. My daughter is taking Arabic 101(5 college credits) at a local college and her school is counting it as an unweighted elective, just like the first year of a hs language class.
    At this school, if there are two students with identical transcripts except one has more unweighted electives (art, band, languages etc) than the other, the one with the fewest electives has the higher rank because over a 4.0, unweighted electives bring the average down.
    Many valedictorians game the system that way and colleges are onto it.
  • INVENIAMVIAMINVENIAMVIAM Registered User Posts: 3,790 Senior Member
    Of course it isn't FAIR. Socialism is "fair" but I still oppose it.
    Get over it - valedictorian status will be nice for him, but colleges will still see all his B's and whatnot, and then they'll catch sight of his amazing gym grades! Whoohoo!
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