Wanna bet this is a PUBLIC School?
I know grade competition is mean and lots of kids get their precious self esteem hurt, but this this is ridiculous. One of the posters mentions how this same crap is going on with Soccer - where every kid gets to play. Back when I was born, I don't remember getting a certificate guaranteeing that life would be fair but apparently some time since then, a bunch of people must have gotten one b/c what else could explain idiocy like 41 Valedictorians?
Honestly, why do we care so much about the feelings of those that end up on the left side of any given bell curve? And if we're going to 'fix' such problems, can't we do it without screwing people on the right side of the bell curve? How does watering down the Valedictorian honor help anyone? Other than hurting the kid that earns it, what does this accomplish? Don't you think that if multiple people can win it, they won't strive as hard as they otherwise would? If the #2 student knows he's going to get it anyway, is he really going to study when he could be out drinking beer and scoring chicks (a noble endeavor for any highschooler but you get my point)