North Augusta High School seniors will have to wait longer this year for the naming of its Class of 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian.
According to Tim Yarborough, high school academic officer for Aiken County Schools, most high schools in Aiken County should be able to name its valedictorian and salutatorian by Tuesday.
Candidates for the
positions have been notified so that they can begin preparing their graduation speeches.
“This new policy was adopted by the Aiken County School Board during the 2010-2011 school year with the intent that it should be implemented in the 2011-2012 school year,” Yarborough wrote in an e-mail.
“The logic behind the policy is that it is possible that the GPA of the top students may change during the last semester of school. Therefore, to guarantee that students with the highest and second-highest GPAs are designated as val and sal, final class rank calculations should not be performed until the conclusion of the eighth semester."
Yarborough said that there has not been any problems with naming a valedictorian or salutatorian in the past, but that it's just a preventive measure.