In today’s “Ain’t This Some Bullsh*t News”, a high school student is fighting for his right to be his school’s valedictorian. Ladarius Sapho is a student at Proviso East High School, in Maywood, Ill., and although he has highest grade point average, school officials say he’s not eligible to be valedictorian.
“I have to be the best. Myself and me. I have to be the best I can be,” said Sapho.
His weighted grade point average is 4.135, which is better than an “A” because of all the honors classes he took. “I was gonna be number one, valedictorian of 2014. I was going to be giving the speech at graduation,” said Sapho.
That was until school administrators said, “No you’re not”.
Principal Tony Valente told them they didn’t qualify for the honors, because both students started at the school as sophomores after moving into the district. Policy requires they must have attended for at least seven semesters to get the titles.
“You’re gonna tell me just two weeks before graduation? I had a speech ready, I was ready to give this speech, practicing and he tells me I can’t be number one,” added Sapho.
Community advocate Antoinette Gray has been working to help Sapho get the title he earned.
“There is no policy,” said Gray. “They have been asked not once, but two or three times to produce that written policy. And the reason that was given by Tony Valente, the school principal, was that it was his discretion to make that decision.”
A district spokesman told FOX 32 the policy is on the district’s website, but we couldn’t find it either.
“You’re teaching the kids something wrong. You’re teaching them you can work hard, but it’s okay for somebody else to get the credit,” said Bridgette Peterson who is a mother.
With graduation scheduled for Saturday, Sapho said he won’t give up.
“I’m gonna fight this, because I worked hard. I worked hard these past three years. And all this is gonna go down the toilet because of a policy no one has seen,” added Sapho.
“The school is now offering to make Sapho a co-valedictorian, but without official recognition or giving a speech. He said no thanks.
He’s damn right, “No thanks”. If you worked hard to be number one, and have a higher grade point average than the “valedictorian” why would you want to share the honor. Sapho is taking his talents to the University of Hawaii, where he’s accepted a full-ride scholarship. He wants to become a neurosurgeon.