Graduation Speech : College Admissions

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During a typical high school graduation, speeches are given by a select few, notable students. These notable students normally include the two students who earned the highest grade point averages out of all the students in their graduating class - the valedictorian and the salutatorian. Imagine a graduation, however, with no valedictorian or salutatorian speech. Imagine if there was no valedictorian or salutatorian. Imagine if there was no distinction of students ' academic performance during commencement or during the process of college admissions. While it may seem like no big deal - it may sound like a blessing when the length of a graduation ceremony is considered - the impact of a class ranking extends far beyond the privilege of giving a speech on graduation day. Class rankings are a vital component of high schools, and eradicating them would be detrimental to both colleges and students in many ways. Class rankings provide colleges with data needed for evaluating applicants. Some colleges have a plethora of applicants and need a simple way to narrow the pool down, while others use the information for awarding scholarships. Knowing that a student pushed himself or herself to be the best makes the process easier. In a study of 2,175 high schools by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), it was found that "the 1,109 college admissions officers who responded to the survey said class rankings are among the four most important factors considered on

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