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The Latin System for Honoring KHS Graduates

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Shift would replace class rankings based on GPA

Kearney School District is considering a shift to using the Latin Honors system to recognize our high school graduates. If approved, this system would replace class rankings based on grade-point averages (GPA).

In the Latin Honors system, every student has the opportunity to earn a Suma Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude designation based on KSD’s definition of each of those categories. Designation of valedictorian and salutatorian could still be optional if we make this shift, but class rank would not be reported to colleges or reported on transcripts. This change would be fully implemented for the Class of 2025 (which includes students who are now in ninth grade).

In the video below, Kearney High School Principal Andy Gustafson explains why we are considering this change. More information will be made available to students and parents/guardians during parent/teacher conferences on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the high school. Questions about this proposed shift to the Latin Honors system can be directed to Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Jennifer Kopp at

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