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Public helps top HS student fight for valedictorian spot

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The valedictorian vendetta continues. A student who had all the grades didn't get top honors, because of a school policy. Now, the fight goes to the public.

About a dozen people were protesting the Proviso Township School Board Tuesday night in support of 18-year-old Ladarius Sapho. Many people believe he was unfairly stripped of his hard earned status as valedictorian.

As FOX 32 News reported last week, Sapho had a weighted grade point average of 4.135, ranking him number one at his high school.

Just days before graduation though, the school’s principal told him he could not be valedictorian because of a district policy that states the honor could only go to a student that’s attended at least 7 semesters at the school.

Sapho moved to Proviso East to start his sophomore year, and supporters of his are outraged the district has never produced proof of the policy.

Tuesday night, FOX 32 tried to talk to Proviso Supt. Dr. Nettie Collin-Hart about the controversy, but she walked away from our questions.

When the meeting started, Sapho’s supporters were not allowed to speak during public comment because the valedictorian issue was not on the agenda. This led to an angry confrontation.

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