Eastern Kentucky University

Poster Title

Do Study Halls Produce Valedictorians?

Institution

Eastern Kentucky University

Abstract

One of the greatest honors a graduating high school senior can receive is the title of "Valedictorian." Many students set this goal prior to high school and will forgo taking a study hall or free period in order to enroll in more weighted classes and useful electives. However, not taking a study hall may be causing these students to lose the "Number 1" ranking. This project compares prevalent methods for calculating high school GPAs and demonstrates the paradox of lowering class ranking by taking more classes. We provide suggestions and options for school administrators to improve their ranking methods in order to ensure that the top student receives their due honor.

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Do Study Halls Produce Valedictorians?

One of the greatest honors a graduating high school senior can receive is the title of "Valedictorian." Many students set this goal prior to high school and will forgo taking a study hall or free period in order to enroll in more weighted classes and useful electives. However, not taking a study hall may be causing these students to lose the "Number 1" ranking. This project compares prevalent methods for calculating high school GPAs and demonstrates the paradox of lowering class ranking by taking more classes. We provide suggestions and options for school administrators to improve their ranking methods in order to ensure that the top student receives their due honor.