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I suppose she could have had a front-page story that stated the unfairness of the whole process (“When perfect still doesn’t mean valedictorian …,” March 29). Instead, we congratulated our daughter on a job well done. As the article stated, all college decisions are completed before anyone is appointed valedictorian.
Having my daughter not be recognized is not going to affect her life in any way. As our school’s decision not to have a valedictorian was very clear, so were Elk River’s rules. Not recognizing this particular student is not only “fair” but necessary if there is to be validity to the rules that were established.
Sometimes, in all things, peoples feelings are going to be hurt. As I always like to tell my kids: “The fair is in August. Move on.”
John McElreath, Mahtomedi
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