Project Title

Do Study Halls Produce Valedictorians?

Presenter Hometown

Middletown, OH

Major

Mathematics & Statistics

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Michelle L. Smith; Lisa W. Kay

Mentor Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract

One of the greatest honors a graduating high school senior can receive is the title of “valedictorian." Many students set this goal prior to high school, and will forgo taking a study hall or free period in order to enroll in a higher proportion of weighted classes and useful electives. However, not taking a study hall may be causing these students to lose the "Number 1" ranking. This project compares prevalent methods for calculating high school GPAs and demonstrates the paradox of lowering class ranking by taking more classes.

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Poster Number

058

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Do Study Halls Produce Valedictorians?

One of the greatest honors a graduating high school senior can receive is the title of “valedictorian." Many students set this goal prior to high school, and will forgo taking a study hall or free period in order to enroll in a higher proportion of weighted classes and useful electives. However, not taking a study hall may be causing these students to lose the "Number 1" ranking. This project compares prevalent methods for calculating high school GPAs and demonstrates the paradox of lowering class ranking by taking more classes.