The Valedictorian Lawsuit

Straight A's and a 4.50 GPA, accepted to Stanford with an engineering internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to boot but that's not enough for some parents. No, they wanted their daughter to get the top honor of valedictorian ... even if they have to sue for it:

And to Elisha’s mother, Carol, the second-place finish means that her daughter's "sleepless nights" were essentially “for nothing.”

"It's flawed. It's wrong," Carol told The Times. "All her hard work is not being recognized. All she had was straight A's. Not a B, ever."

Nelson said his family is considering suing LAUSD for failing to award their daughter the honor of valedictorian.


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Does the mother believe that being valedictorian conveys magic powers? Does she feel her daughter will get special
treatment by her professors this fall? That her resume will be enhanced to the point where she will magically get any job she wants?

It says a lot about the mother's ego.

In a few short months, her daughter will be among many, many bright people at Stanford, where valedictorians likely roam in herds. Difficult classes will oftentimes make her feel like she's a "C" student no matter what her GPA was in high school. Mom can't file a lawsuit every time a TA takes points off her kid's fluid dynamics midterm.
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