Burlington High School eliminates valedictorian recognition

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There will be no valedictorians graduating from Burlington High School this spring.

School officials have decided to do away with the practice of recognizing the top graduating senior.

Instead, they’ve adopted a system similar to how colleges recognize their best students.

Students with a grade-point-average 4.1 to 4.33 will graduate summa cum laude. Those are students who carried A-plus grades.

Those with a grade point average 3.8 to 4.9 will graduate magna cum laude and those with a 3.5 to 3.79 will graduate cum laude.

Those are Latin terms meaning highest honor, great honor and with honor.

Administrators say the new system will eliminate competition for the top spot as valedictorian.

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