Gary Allmon purchased the large digital billboard above on U.S. Highway 264 in Wake County, North Carolina to honor his son, Joshua. The message was on display for 10 days through June 12, the day of East Wakefield High’s graduation ceremony.
The school recently replaced valedictorians with the Latin honors ranking system used in colleges–summa, magna, cum—as a fairer and more accurate way to honor academic performance. Josh’s transcript shows him ranked as number one, and he felt robbed.
“It’s a stupid rule that will hurt students down the line, but it’ll accomplish their goal of making everyone feel equal,” he wrote on Twitter. He has a full scholarship to North Carolina State University to study chemical engineering. Continue reading