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How Does CHS Choose Its Valedictorian?

Nalie Borihane, Reporter

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While high school valedictorians are generally high-achieving, ambitious students in the top ten of their class ranking, what makes a valedictorian at Chino High School?
In previous years, Diamond Bar High School has had more than a dozen students tied for 1st place in class ranking. In order to determine the valedictorian, DBHS staff looked at factors like how many leadership positions the students held, which students took sports or were in band, and even the public speaking skills and school spirit of said students.
Luckily for the staff members here at Chino High School, the DBHS student population is double that of ours and the #1 spot in class ranking at CHS is almost exclusively one student every year, hardly leaving room for decision-making.
But should factors other than GPA be taken into account when determining the valedictorian?
“Valedictorians should be based off of GPA,” said economics teacher Mr. Schumann. Most students and teachers, including a contender for this year’s valedictorian title, Senior Jack Rafferty, agreed.
While CHS Cowboys almost unanimously concurred that GPA should be the primary determiner when choosing the valedictorian, many disagreed on whether high school grades reflect actual intelligence. “They should [reflect intelligence], but, due to lack of integrity… that’s not always the case,” said Mr. Schumann.
“I think grades [should] reflect ability and dedication,” countered math teacher Mrs. Gibbons.
“Anybody can earn an A,” Gibbons continued, “I think that you need to look at what other contributions [students] have made to Chino High School, [the valedictorian needs] to be a well-rounded person.”
Mrs. Gibbons, in addition to a handful of students, thought that, if the difference between the 1st and 2nd place students was only by a few points, other facets of the potential valedictorians should be paid heed to.
“Character is definitely important,” said freshman Sydney Strauss-Cahill. “The valedictorian could be a totally [rude] person; is that who you want to represent our school?” She questioned. Although nearly no other interviewee thought that character, reputation, or record should be among the considered factors, many regarded extracurriculars to be of high importance.
“I feel like it should be based on more than just grades. There are people who volunteer, and do varsity sports and stuff like clubs,” said senior Erik Lucas.
“If the difference between [GPAs] is just by a couple of points, then the person who has done theatre and clubs and sports should be chosen,” Mrs. Gibbons agreed.

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  1. Pieter kroezen on May 17th, 2017 11:01 am

    Hello lariat

    The best validictorian of chino was vicky baker
    No expected to a speach as se Did in 1979
    I was one of the FOREIGN Exchange studentes out of Europe
    IT was a great time in chino Californië

    Best regards

    Pieter kroezen

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