The lawmakers called the university and learned that nine other valedictorians
across the state had been denied, too.
By abolishing the selection of a valedictorian
, schools can take pride in helping the largest number of students possible meet the highest standards of excellence.
Ironically, the term valedictorian
has nothing to do with achievement.
All three valedictorians
are continuing their educational careers--Tori is going to Oberlin College, Ashley to Michigan State University, and Andrew to Georgetown University.
For the college selectivity analysis, it was not possible to ascertain how many colleges each valedictorian
applied to and which ones accepted her or him.
Established in 1995, the scholarship program was created to bring valedictorians
and National Merit Scholars from California high schools to Cal State Long Beach.
Like spelling bees, the contest for valedictorian
offers a pleasing image of a purer meritocracy, in which learning and performing by the rules leave one hardworking person standing.
Arroyo, keynote speaker for the ceremony at AMA Computer University, was among the many onlookers touched by the heart-tugging scene of class valedictorian
Ana Marie Liamzon being surprised by her father.
of Los Angeles' Crenshaw Learn Charter High School, has been recognized by Who's Who in American High Schools, the Academic Decathlon and the Governor Scholars program.
If the valedictorian
wants to thank his or her parents, a favorite history teacher, and Jesus Christ, the latter reference is often censored out of the speech because--the principal says-- it's a violation of the Establishment Clause, but the content of the speech has been entirely created by the student.
I was able to take introductory calculus, advanced chemistry and biology, and even several English literature courses for college credit, I graduated as valedictorian
of my decent-sized class, with just over a 3.
Even though she worked hard and earned top grades in almost all her classes, Wendy Purham said her principal at Jean Baptiste Point DuSable High School gave up on her and made her feel her dream of becoming valedictorian
was beyond reach.