ROGERS, Texas - Hours after Channel 6 aired the story about Allyson Talbott, the Rogers High School senior who was denied the class valedictorian title after a clerical error, another student sat down for an interview -- saying she was put through a similar ordeal.
The student, who wished to remain anonymous, said she also took dual credit courses at Temple College, in recent years. According to her, the handbook -- at the time -- said if students passed dual credit courses with a B or higher, they would get extra weight added to their class grades because the work was college-level. In her case, she passed all the dual credit courses and was granted the extra weight.
However, she claims the valedictorian and salutatorian from her graduation class took AP courses instead of dual credit. According to the handbook, those AP students would only be granted extra weight on their grades if they actually took the AP exam at the end of the semester. She contents neither of them took the AP exams, but they received extra weight anyway.
"When my parents and I approached administrators about this issue, we were informed that the handbook had been amended at a board meeting, but no proper documentation could be presented when it was requested by my father," the student said. "Because of this, they remained barely above me in ranking although they should not have been. The administration also told us they would not recalculate grades for graduation even if proper documentation could be found since it would require additional work that they felt they lacked sufficient time to perform."
The student claims the oversight denied her potential scholarships, adding that other students' class rankings were impacted as well.
"We explained that it was very unfair that there were students who were possibly denied acceptance from certain colleges based on their class rankings due to the issue," she said. "Ethically, the administration should have followed the handbook that was written and set into place, but it was not."
The former student said she hopes hers and Allyson's story result in a change of policy on the part of the Rogers ISD administration.