Being a valedictorian is a high school’s most coveted honor.
But now, some schools are doing away with it and making everyone a winner.
In Arlington’s Washington Lee High School this year, there were 117 valedictorians out of a class of 457.
At other schools, some didn’t have a valedictorian at all, opting to instead change the way they recognize top students. They’re working to balance praise while doing away with unhealthy competition among classmates.
The move comes as the college application process becomes more cut-throat.
Some schools say they’ve deflated the top honor while other schools say the move allows students to focus on their achievements without worrying about how they rank.