A black high school student did everything she was supposed to do, graduated at the top of her class, and then found herself “co-valedictorian.”
The article’s author details similar cases. Larry Christopher, 1973:
… Larry Christopher was determined to have the highest grade in his class and was set to be named valedictorian of his Stephens, Arkansas school. In a sudden unexpected maneuver, administrators at Stephens High School decided to factor in grades from correspondence courses an 11th grade white student had taken between her sophomore and junior years in order to deny Christopher his spot as top senior in his class.
In another case, a black senior, Adrienne Brown, was denied the right to be named as the valedictorian because the school determined that she had taken too many AP courses and thought it would be unfair to the other students.
Nine years ago at another Little Rock school, two white students from a school district in another state were allowed to bump Dennis Harris from his top spot. The school district they came from weighted A-grades in AP courses with six points rather than five, a violation of the state’s law for determining how to calculate averages for valedictorians.
And it’s not like we haven’t heard this before. Commenter more cowbell adds her own experience.
So meritocracy? Yeah, not so much.