New calculation denies area high school senior valedictorian’s honors
Rogers High School cheerleader Allyson Talbott who ranked at the top of her class at midterm, but who was told she wouldn’t graduate as valedictorian because of a dual-credit grade glitch will still graduate as salutatorian after a new calculation based on final grades, Rogers Superintendent Joe Craig says.
Based on the new calculation, senior Taylor Frei will graduate as valedictorian, he said.
“Taylor has been declared the valedictorian based on the final grade calculations,” Craig said in an email.
“Normally these grades are not available until later in the process, but due to the class schedules of both students, and the uniqueness of this particular case, we wanted to provide clarity and closure by using the final grades,” he said.
The school district said earlier that class rank calculations are done in March to determine honors conferred at graduation.
Based on those, Frei initially was ranked as valedictorian and Talbott as salutatorian, but after the corrected Temple college grade was accounted for, the two switched positions, Craig said.
But, Craig said, “When all final grades were verified, Taylor Frei was ranked as the valedictorian and Allyson Talbott was the salutatorian.”
Graduation ceremonies are on May 25.
Talbott said Friday she’s fine with her status as salutatorian.
She says her family isn’t taking “as bold of an approach” as before to correct anything.