Choosing our Valedictorians
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 10th, 2011
Though Milton Academy is known for its rigorous academics and bright students, we do not in fact choose valedictorians based on class rank. Instead, every year, the graduation speakers are elected by their peers.
Although Milton does not honor the two highest achieving students with the opportunity to speak, we do have methods of honoring high achieving students. Every year, 10-15% of the senior class is inducted into the Cum Laude society. Additionally, the Thursday before graduation features an award ceremony that honors all different types of academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
Having the senior class vote for its graduation speakers is a tradition Milton should continue. Choosing its own graduation speakers means being able to have the most memorable, albeit not necessarily the highest achieving, students speak at the graduation ceremony.
In a school filled with rules and bureaucracy, electing their own speakers gives seniors the freedom to choose two talented classmates to represent the diversity of their class during the graduation ceremony.
The fact that Milton Academy does not have academic valedictorians or announced class rankings maintains the school’s goal of being accepting of students with unique and diverse talents, not just those who excel inside the classroom.
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