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Bill Would Require Ohio Schools To Name A Valedictorian

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Some high schools throughout Ohio have decided not to name valedictorians at graduation. One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require schools to name at least one valedictorian or salutatorian.

The proposal by Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) would allow districts to determine the criteria, but he says requiring at least one valedictorian would create competition.

“Getting rid of valedictorian is the first step in getting rid of grades, getting rid of GPA’s, class rank, and so that I think is very bad and we hear about millennials being entitled and perhaps lazy," Antani says. "Well it’s a result of decisions like this."

Mason High School near Cincinnati decided against naming valedictorians starting next year, saying the competition was hard on the mental health of students. Some also said students who took classes like band were penalized because it was not weighted as heavy as some other subjects.