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Surry County School Board: allow students to wear honor cords, stoles and collars at graduation

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Many high school students in Surry county have worked hard for four years in order to become members of various honor societies. These students have put countless hours of time and effort into making these societies successful. Whether it is waking up at 7:00 am on a teacher work day to put flags on the graves of veterans, or organizing a school wide fundraiser to support the arts, these students do it. All we ask in return is to proudly wear our nationally recognized honor cords, stoles and collars at graduation.
The Surry County School system allows athletes to wear their jerseys on game days, and awards varsity letters for athletes, team managers, band members, Hunter safety team members and JROTC cadets. However, letters are not awarded for academia. Because of this, graduation has become one of the few times when students can display symbols of their academic achievements. The school system declines to recognize the efforts of the valedictorian and the salutatorian; as well,the top five students in a class have been stripped of their guaranteed graduation speeches. As it stands, students tend to receive much more recognition for athletic achievement than they do for academic achievement.
Cords, stoles and collars are widely used by high schools, colleges and universities to symbolize various honors. Law enforcement agencies and the military use shoulder cords and braids to honor the achievements of their members.

Please help the Students of the Surry county school system retain the right to wear their Honor cords, stoles and collars at graduation.

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