Too Smart To Be Valedictorian!


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16-year old high school student Anjali Datta will graduate from Grapevine High School in Texas, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.898. This is not only the highest GPA in this year's graduating class but the highest ever in the school's 103-year old history! - Yet on graduation day, she will not be named Valedictorian.

Instead the title and a one-year college scholarship will be awarded to the student who has second highest GPA. The reason for this is that Anjali is so smart that she completed four years of high school in just three years. However, according to School District rules, the Valedictorian has to be a student with not only the highest GPA, but also one who attended high school for four years.

Incase you are wondering, a Valedictorian is the title that is given to a student with the highest grades and in the case of graduating high school students, means one year's scholarship to the college of his/her choice and the honor of representing the class as the last speaker in the graduation ceremony.

Since Anjali, who started doing high school courses when she was in middle school, did not spend the full four years to complete high school, she cannot get the title. While she will be announced at the graduation ceremony as Valedictorian - three years, she will not be eligible for the scholarship.

It seems to us that this sixteen-year old is getting 'punished' for being really smart. What do you think? Be sure to add your comments below.

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  • ciaobella
    ciaobellaFriday, June 9, 2017 at 9:28 am
    Listen up peeps! Bei'n in trouble to be smart sounds like ....... WHATEVER! I don't know, like finishing high school for 4 years in 3! Like WHO would do that!!!!!!
    • ciaobella
      ciaobellaThursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:47 am
      This is crazy. How could someone be punished for being smart? Well in this case, it may be necessary. Completing four years of high school in three years sounds impossible! Whom could ever do such a thing?!
      • genius1326
        genius1326Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm
        • felicisowl
          felicisowlSaturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm
          This is really, really, really horrible.. I mean, do the rules even apply in this situation? I mean, aren't there LOOPHOLES in the rules?
          • crystalmori
            crystalmoriWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm
            Oh well, if she's that smart, she can probably find an excellent way to get the money she needs for college, whether through and epic fundraiser or scholarships from other sources. Considering that GPA, I'm sure she'll be offered plenty!
            • crystalmori
              crystalmoriWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm
              I think some rules like that are just ridiculous.
              • crystalmori
                crystalmoriWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm
                Why would they make a rule that you have to spend four years in high school if you don't need to? It just doesn't make sense to me. Sometimes I think people make up rules just for the sake of having rules.
              • bigmelo
                bigmeloWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm
                Oh, my gosh. Irony strikes again! I read this book of the summer called The Grimm Legacy, & there was a female character in the book named Anjali, who was also super-smart! Anyways, I feel so bad for Anjali Datta, because she strives for the best in her. I think that she really deserved that scholarship & the title of Valedictorian, but I'm still really happy for whoever got it instead. Maybe in high school, I'll be the Valedictorian - well, as long as I keep my grades up, that is. :D
                • rainbow_dash13
                  rainbow_dash13Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm
                  What if the president finished school early would they reject him like they did to her!
                  • wildpeep
                    wildpeepWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:22 am
                    That is totally not fair !
                    • rainbow_dash13
                      rainbow_dash13Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm
                      Yeah I agree
                    • annabeth123
                      annabeth123Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:50 am
                      That has to really stink for her.