District considering change to valedictorian/salutatorian process
During the March 4 Maize Board of Education meeting, board members discussed a proposal to update the way Maize USD 266 recognizes top graduating seniors.
Rather than name a valedictorian and salutatorian, the district is considering a laude system in which it recognizes the top 3 percent of the class with summa cum laude (highest honor), the top 3 percent to 10 percent with magna cum laude (high honor) and anyone with a weighted grade point average of 4.0 or higher with cum laude (honor).
This system would encourage the exploration of courses, including fine arts electives, without students worrying about sacrificing academic recognition.
This potential change, proposed by high school principals, is one the district has researched. Dr. Higgins has discussed it with the Superintendent Student Advisory Team. Generally, students are very supportive and like that it would recognize more people for achieving very highly academically.
The district may opt to transition to this system in coming years. It could fully replace the valedictorian and salutatorian system beginning with the class of 2023. Should the district move forward with this system, it will be considered through the annual policy update process later this year.