Kentucky valedictorians becoming thing of the past

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - School districts in Kentucky are beginning to move away from naming valedictorians for graduating classes.

Instead, districts such as the one in Bullitt County have plans to de-emphasize what could be seen as unhealthy competition and recognize all high achievers.

Dave Marshall, who is Bullitt County's director of secondary education, told The Courier-Journal that district will begin a new tradition with this year's freshmen class, who will graduate in 2014.

He said under the new plan students can graduate "summa cum laude" with a grade-point average of 4.25 or higher and "magna cum laude" with a GPA of between 4.0 and 4.24. Students would come up with a system to pick which high-achievers speak during the graduation ceremony.

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