Viewers Voice: No sashes for Estero High's high achievers
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CREATED Apr. 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 8, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It usually goes along with all the pomp and circumstance of graduation, high school honor students wearing sashes and cords to represent their academic achievement but at Estero High School, this year, those with honors will get an asterisk next to their name on the program.
The school district says it encouraged principals to streamline graduation outfits as a move to save money and limit the number of adornments with the goal to ensure that the graduates have a uniform appearance in regards to their cap and gown.
The district says with students taking college courses, calculating GPA's and ranking the class before graduation became too difficult.
The move getting a lot of reaction from viewers.
"The top students should be able to be honored for their hard work and what they have done. Everyone is not equal," said Gene from Estero.
Frank from cape coral agrees. "They're taking away the incentive to achieve, to try, and really hurting the kids to achieve by allowing them to accept mediocrity," said Frank.
"One day they're going to be the people running this country and I think it is totally wrong to do away with that tradition," said Linda from Fort Myers.
Tanya posted to Facebook writing, "Good, 'cause most of the time it's just a popularity thing!"
The principal says he will now consider letting the students wear sashes.