Should high schools have valedictorians? Some schools have abolished this traditional honor for the top senior.

YES Formally recognizing the top graduating student is one of the

few ways American schools publicly reward scholarship and hard work.

Academic effort and achievement are all too often not at the center

of high school culture, with friendships and athletics usually higher on

the prestige scale: In the high school hierarchy, wearing an honor

society honor society
An organization to which students are admitted in recognition of academic achievement.