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Instead of lauding the hard work and the outstanding intellect of the Southampton High School class of 2009, we find ourselves in a frivolous debate over one or two spots in the class ranking [“School Policy Debated,” News Briefs, November 20].

The Challenger Program is a successful entity with a good intention. The school makes students well aware of the fact that the Challenger Program grants honors credit, which, consequently, carries honors weighting when it comes time to rank the class. In every Challenger Program course that I took at Southampton High School, both the teachers and the course forms explicitly stated that students would receive honors credit upon successful completion of the Challenger coursework.

I never once heard anyone complain about the Challenger Program. Those students who wanted the challenge and the honors credits completed the coursework, while those who did not want to participate in the program simply did not.

With this trivial debate aside, though, let’s look at the larger picture: Does a one-spot difference in class rank really matter? No. Will colleges reject a highly qualified applicant over one or two spots? I doubt it. What are we teaching our children if we encourage them to complain and to blame others when things do not go their way?

Let’s start taking responsibility for our actions and being thankful for all of the wonderful things that our public schools do for us, and for all of the opportunities with which they provide us.

RICHARD RUFFNERClass of 2008Southampton High School

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