Valedictorian and Salutatorian terms no longer will be used in Wake Schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Tuesday, the Wake County Board of Education decided the terms valedictorian and salutatorian will no longer be used starting for the class of 2019.

It’s a controversial topic with arguments both for and against, and the final vote was no different.

The board decided to take extra time and revisit the discussion after public input from two students.

Jason Lee and James Hamil are Heritage High School seniors who spoke to the board. They both say the terms should continue to be used.

And if that was not possible they asked the board to consider postponing the removal of the terms until 2020; they say so all current students can have the privilege.

Lee is the valedictorian, Hamil says he worked hard to be the valedictorian, but he says removing the terms, will not remove the competition with students.

“If we’re going to have class rank why are we going to have valedictorian and salutatorian taken away all it is a title people are going to know who is number one and who is number two. It doesn’t matter. Jason and I are not trying to compete against each other for the sake of it. We’re trying to compete against each other to get into college,” said Hamil.

The board briefly discussed postponing the title change until 2020, but Wake School Officials said that would interfere with a new weighted scale for GPAs.

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