Let’s Say Goodbye To Class Ranks

In the above image, three Cleveland high school students pose in front of a peer-generated list of anti-stress techniques. The changing education system is what many believe makes something like this necessary.

FRANCESCA FIERRO

The first time the word valedictorian cropped up in conversation, I was a sophomore. College remained a distant thought on the horizon, and the idea of competing for valedictorian was a barely-formed reality.

But by junior year, we were preoccupied with rising through the ranks. This meant designing our schedules strategically. Paranoid th