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Byron H.S. eliminating valedictorian, salutatorian due to “unhealthy competition”

BYRON (WREX) — The class of 2022 will be the last graduating class at Byron High school with a valedictorian and salutatorian.

The school board voted to eliminate class rankings from student transcripts, thus eliminating the graduation day award for top students.

The district sent a letter to parents saying in part, "Since class rank only compares students with their classmates and not the greater educational community, many Byron students face additional challenges when class rank is reported."

While it's eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian awards, it will honor graduating students for academic excellence by designating them Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.

The change goes into effect for the class of 2023. That means students who are currently sophomores, juniors, and seniors are not impacted.

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