Port Clinton High School Does Away With Valedictorian System

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WTVG) - It's considered a high honor. A tradition that most schools like to carry on through the generations. But many schools are starting to do away with the valedictorian and salutatorian system. They are opting instead for the cum laude system which includes magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Port Clinton High School is doing away with the valedictorian system this year for the first time. School principal Gary Steyer says the decision was not made lightly. He has been meeting with school board members, district administrators, high school staff and students for the past three years and has not run into any push back about the move.

Port Clinton's cum laude system starts with a grade point average of 3.650 and then students can earn their way up in the system based on the difficulty of the classes they take. "We assign honor points to specific courses that we have that are more rigorous than others," says Steyer. "As long as you're willing to put in the time and do the work and take some more challenging courses, you have the opportunity to move up in the system. We looked at what colleges were looking at in terms of well rounded students. Looking not just for the one or two kids who were competing against each other for a title."