North Eugene High School decided not to acknowledge graduates with 4.0 grade point averages at its awards ceremony and in The Register-Guard.  However, all the other Eugene School District high schools acknowledged their 4.0 graduates.

When we asked NEHS why the school chose not to publicly announce students with 4.0 GPAs, we were told that the school has created its own criteria and a 4.0 GPA was not part of the requirement. The criteria were that students issue letters of recommendations, write an essay about a personal hardship and perform community service.

Students consulted with the school counselor to ask why they did not receive the school's scholar award. The response was that their essay was not strong enough. Many students who’ve earned an overall 4.0 GPA excel in math and science, but those subjects were not part of the criteria. It seems like a subjective way to honor certain students without honoring students with an overall 4.0 GPA.

Any student who has maintained a 4.0 GPA for all four years in high school deserves to be acknowledged in front of his or her peers and the community.

Shawn Brandt, Eugene