Ohio high school eliminates valedictorian honor

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An Ohio high school will soon implement a new rule eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian honors.

Mason High School in Ohio says it’s an effort to improve students mental wellness. Officials say they want to limit the competitive pressure of academic success. Starting next year, they will roll out other ways to recognize student achievement.

School officials announced the change Thursday, saying a year-long study will focus groups with students, staff and families contributed to the decision.

The school also says students will continue to be recognized for academic performance using the Latin honors system. Mason High School students with a GPA of 4.00 and above will be designated summa cum laude; students with a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99 will be designated magna cum laude; students with a GPA between 3.51 and 3.71 will be designated cum laude.

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