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“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.

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