There are reasons for so many valedictorians
This is referring to the letter, “That’s a lot of valedictorians” (Mary Alexander, June 1, Forum). I would suggest that they’re all smarter than the average students. Why wouldn’t I believe this to be the case? Then there is the possibility that the numbers didn’t quite fit, so more students had to pass the courses.
Out of a student body of 273, that is a lot of honor roll students. Could it be that the parents of those students are financially more rich than the others? Yes. Then there are the average-income students. They are the majority of the students who passed but did not get all A’s or B’s, instead ended up with C’s or D’s. They were maybe in the 2.0 category.
You could average out all of the student body to 2.0 GPA and pass all of the students with diplomas, but mark down valedictorians on 41 exceptional students. This would be the administrative side to it. That way they pass most students based on attendance and school pride or spirit. This sounds good, too, if I were part of the administration making out diplomas.
Dean Sabado, Honolulu