Megan Taylor

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Valedictorians and Graduations

My little sister just graduated from high school, and I’m recovering from taking the time from work and class to attend the ceremony.

Interesting tidbit: No more valedictorians. Dade County schools (possibly others, too) are switching to a cum laude system to keep schemers from getting the honor without earning it. The class speakers for graduations will be elected.

  • Little did we know the trail we were blazing in 1994 (at an undisclosed location in north Dade) when we revolted after the rumored biggest cheater in the class of 722 made valedictorian. We threatened to not show up, to turn our backs, whatever it took. And then they held auditions for speaker. The winner did well enough, although he was pretty nervous.

  • Little did we know the trail we were blazing in 1994 (at an undisclosed location in north Dade) when we revolted after the rumored biggest cheater in the class of 722 made valedictorian. We threatened to not show up, to turn our backs, whatever it took. And then they held auditions for speaker. The winner did well enough, although he was pretty nervous.

  • Somewhere else in the Dade County Public Schools back in 1981, we didn’t have such things either. Why not? The Principal didn’t like the guy who would have been our valedictorian. Thinking back on it, her motivation may have had racist undertones since he was an Asian (though not Vietnamese) and this was before that onslaught. He now has a Ph.D. and his own genetics lab at a major research university. Who knows where she is now? And we had a “cum laude” sort of thing back then, my diploma has an “Honors” medallion on it.

  • Somewhere else in the Dade County Public Schools back in 1981, we didn’t have such things either. Why not? The Principal didn’t like the guy who would have been our valedictorian. Thinking back on it, her motivation may have had racist undertones since he was an Asian (though not Vietnamese) and this was before that onslaught. He now has a Ph.D. and his own genetics lab at a major research university. Who knows where she is now? And we had a “cum laude” sort of thing back then, my diploma has an “Honors” medallion on it.

  • Lex

    Hey I graduated! lets celebrate!

  • Lex

    Hey I graduated! lets celebrate!

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