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Letter: Healthy academic competition

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This letter is regarding the proposed change in valedictorian and salutatorian status at Kaneland High School. Frankly, it’s disturbing to me that there is even a division of the school board on this proposal. I agree wholeheartedly with board members Teresa Witt and Tony Valente that we should keep both statuses as it is a healthy academic competition for all students.

With so much emphasis on athletic competitions in all of the Fox Valley school districts – and specifically at Kaneland – why shouldn’t there be academic competitions for the two highest honors in high school? In all honesty, every child has a chance to obtain these honors, so why wouldn’t we want to promote this type of competition? Why would the board want to strip this academic recognition away from the successful students in the years to come?

Board member Teresa Witt’s son, who is a senior and is the top ranking student in his class, deserves this recognition. I know personally that my daughter, who is a freshman at Kaneland, is striving to become valedictorian of her class as well.

All of the top-ranking students have earned this recognition and definitely deserve to have it reflected on their college applications.

I believe in this school district as I have had two children graduate from Kaneland and go on to be successful college graduates and adults. I have a current student at Kaneland who excels at all of her academics and literally enjoys going to school so much that she won’t stay home even when she’s not feeling well.

I also believe that the school board will make the right decision and not take away a recognition that is so dutifully earned by the most academically successful students.

I hope more parents respond to that article in the paper as we need to stand by our children who strive to be all that they can be academically.

Lisa A. Thompson

Maple Park

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