“At many American high schools, the graduationday tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past. The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade. In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold — using Latin honors, for example. This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians,” reports Carolyn Thompson, an Associated Press reporter.
“About half of schools no longer report class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals,” she notes.