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The cost of participation medals has been drawing attention lately, as a generation raised in the “Everyone’s a Winner” culture of the past twenty years heads into its future convinced that no one is special, that no one can be unique lest anyone feel “not special,” and that recognition of excellence is tantamount to an attack on anyone who is merely very good.

The battle plays out on the national stage of presidential politics, where Republican Donald Trump sees opportunity for Americans to achieve their dreams while Socialist Bernie Sanders wants to level those dreams to a flat line of shared mediocrity.

And now, the newest victims of the “cookie cutter cult” that wants to make everyone the same are the graduating class of Plano Senior High School in Texas where National Honor Society (NHS) members will not be allowed to wear the emblem they have earned on their graduation robe.

The NHS recognizes high school students for excellence in scholarship and participation in community service.

Membership is earned by meeting rigorous standards and is highly valued by college admission committees, but for students who have worked hard, giving up time they could have spent “hanging out” with friends to volunteer and study, the accomplishment feels hollow this graduation day.

The mother of one NHS student says school administrators told her they banned the emblem because it might “single out” students who are not members – disregarding the simple fact that not all students even want to be members.

Kelly Ann Frederick’s son, Garrett, did set the goal for himself, studying hard and volunteering 20 hours each semester since his sophomore year to meet the criteria of the NHS, and he doesn’t understand why he won’t be able to wear the symbol of his accomplishment with pride on the big day.

“I was really looking forward to wearing it and being able to say I was a part of it, because I have friends that go to other schools, and they’re all wearing it. I don’t know why we’re not allowed to wear it. I don’t get it.”

Source: KVUE

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