By Diana Basnakian/staff writer and Taylor Smith/staff writer
Valedictorian Sherry Gao and Salutatorian Zen Tang are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives. (photo by Taylor Smith)
Valedictorian: top of the class. The concept of valedictorian has been around for many years, and every year the title is awarded to the senior with the highest GPA. Class rank has been assigned immense value among high school students, and valedictorians have been constantly characterized under several false stereotypes.
This year’s valedictorian is senior Sherry Gao, who has earned a GPA of 4.563 and plans on attending Harvard University in the fall of 2015. Unfortunately, many high school students among Sherry assign significant value to their ranking, and are thusly under constant stress to improve it. Although Sherry understands the honorability of her accolade, she believes that essentially, it is just a title.
“I don’t think it has much intrinsic value,” Sherry said. “I don’t think it defines you, and I don’t think it necessarily predicts your success later in life.”
Blake Mei, Central’s valedictorian for the Class of (blank), argues that based on his experience after high school, Sherry’s belief holds true.