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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  • peacheslarue
    peacheslarueMonday, December 29, 2014 at 9:34 am
    Ouch. I would not wanna be her! I would throw a fit if all my life i studied way past my grade lvl and then suddenly im not VALEDICTORIAN!
    • nikukyu
      nikukyuTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 3:09 am
      That is so sad and unfair! I bet she worked really hard on her studies... Why can't they bend the rules, cuz it's obvious to everyone that they should!
      • MelodyTuesday, August 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm
        So unfair
        • pichucutie
          pichucutieWednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:15 am
          No fair for her!!! She needs too get it!!! She finished high school earlier because she is so smart!!! Why won't they let her!!!!
          • susie
            susieFriday, October 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm
            that is sooo not fair to have that rule to anjalli!!!!!!!!!!
            • minipop86
              minipop86Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm
              What no fair!
              • lovemyselfMonday, September 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm
                I believe she deserves it! If she completed high school that early she deserves to be valedictorian! Forget what they think even if she can't be valedictorian she deserves the scholarship!
                • sparkle987
                  sparkle987Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm
                  that is not fair but congrats on the scholarship Anjali
                  • borntoplay
                    borntoplayFriday, June 7, 2013 at 10:40 am
                    That's not right!
                    • hyper_monkey
                      hyper_monkeyTuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm
                      But. . . but. . . no fair!