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Greater Clark County Schools may eliminate valedictorian title

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CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Valedictorians could be a thing of the past for schools in Clark County.

The Greater Clark County School Board is considering a plan that would eliminate the title.

"It's not always the most positive experience," Superintendent Andy Melin said. "The competition sometimes between the students who are vying for those titles … gets to a point where it's almost counterproductive."

The proposal would instead recognize the top ten percent for distinction, and the top five percent would be honored with high distinction.

District officials say it’s too hard to determine the valedictorian, and the change would allow them to recognize more talent.

Some parents want to continue the tradition and worry the change could send the wrong message to students.

“In today’s world, there’s always gonna be winners and losers, and you always just do your best,” said Judy Robertson, a parent of three students who graduated from Clark County schools.

If the school board approves the proposal, the change would start with this year’s freshman class.

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