High School athletes traditionally earn a “letter,” but there’s usually no visible honor for high achievers. Longview High in Texas will begin awarding letterman jackets and patches to students for academic achievement, reports Brittany Williams for the Longview News-Journal.
The high school has given out letter jackets for sports and extracurriculars, Dean of Instruction Linda Buie said. Now students will be able to “earn a jacket by achieving mastery on several end-of-course exams, or accumulating credits and certifications through the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, early college, dual credit and career and technical education programs.”
My husband lettered in “glee” at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. He’s still got the jacket.
My high school staged an award ceremony for students who’d excelled in the arts and . . . It’s been a long time. I think I won something for creative writing and journalism. But there was no sweater or jacket for non-athletes.
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