Mason High School has decided to do away with Valedictorian and Salutatorian in an effort to encourage kids to seek out activities beyond academics
From Cincinnati.com (https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/05/09/mason-high-eliminating-valedictorian-honor-improve-mental-health/1154068001/):
QuoteUnder the current system, high school students who earned a C grade or higher in Advanced Placement, honors or College Credit Plus classes earned an extra .03 points to their GPA. The add-on credit was applied to their GPAs earned in standard classes.
No GPA cap was in place, so students chased higher and higher GPAs instead of pursuing other endeavors.
I'm not sure whether this could be a good thing or not. On one hand it's not a good idea for kids to load themselves up with so many classes that they don't have time for anything else, but on the other hand, if the kids wish to pursue academic excellence, shouldn't it be up to the students and their parents to decide whether it's a good idea?