- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

An Indiana school board is considering a proposal to stop naming valedictorians and salutatorians in favor of a more inclusive program to honor top-ranking students.

Superintendent Andrew Melin of Greater Clark County Schools said there is growing sentiment in schools across the country that the valedictorian system creates unhealthy competition between students.

“When students are competing for the Val and the Sal they’re trying to find ways to maneuver through the system to try, and get the best grades they can possibly get, as opposed to taking the course work that’s truly in their own best interest,” he told a local ABC News affiliate.

Instead of honoring the top two students in each school, Mr. Melin is proposing a new system that would honor the top 10 percent of each class.

“We’ve got all of these great students that work very hard, and become very distinguished in their academic career and we want to be able to recognize more of those students at the end of a given year,” he said.

The Greater Clark County School Board will discuss the proposal Tuesday. If approved, the district’s current freshman class would be the first without a valedictorian, ABC reported.

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