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Valedictorian fights for diploma
August 18, 2012, by La'Tasha Givens
PRAGUE, Okla.– There’s a bit of diploma drama going on between a local high school and that school’s valedictorian.
David Nootbaar is furious his daughter’s school is keeping her diploma.
He said, “She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right.”
Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Prague High School in May and was named valedictorian.
When tasked with writing the graduation speech, her dad said she got her inspiration from the movie “Eclipse: The Twilight Saga.”
Nootbaar said, “Her quote was, ‘When she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that she was getting closer to graduation, people would ask her, what do you want to do and she said ‘How the h*** do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times.’”
He said in the written script she gave to the school she wrote “heck,” but in the moment she said h*** instead.
Nootbaar said the audience laughed, she finished her speech to warm applause and didn’t know there was a problem.
That was until she went to pick up the real certificate this week.
“We went to the office and asked for the diploma and the principal said ‘Your diploma is right here but you’re not getting it. Close the door we have a problem,” Nootbaar said.
He said the principal told Kaitlin she would have to write an apology letter before he would release the diploma.
A move her dad believes is illegal.
“She earned that diploma. She completed all the state curriculum. In four years she has never made a B. She got straight A’s and had a 4.0 the whole way through.”
Kaitlin starts college in a few days on a full scholarship, making the administrators’ decision even more appalling to her family.
We tried to get the school’s side of the story.
Superintendent Dr. Riick Martin gave us this statement, “This matter is confidential and we cannot publicly say anything about it.”
Kaitlin doesn’t plan on writing an apology letter because she doesn’t feel she did anything wrong.
Her family supports that choice.
PRAGUE, Okla.-- There's a bit of diploma drama going on between a local high school and that school's valedictorian.David Nootbaar is furious his daughter's school is keeping her diploma.He said, She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right.
Holding a diploma as a ransom because someone said hell. Stay classy, PHS!
Apparently this story has gone national.
This post was edited by ss182 20 months ago
Good. No reason this successful, hardworking student should have to deal with crap because some administrators need their egos stroked. Hopefully they get such bad press that THEY end up making written apologies.
This post was edited by OKCThunder 20 months ago
If I was her dad, and I went to speak with the principal... Hell would be the cleanest word I would use...
Small Town USA!!!!
Say what you mean, mean what you say!!!
Just the write the apology and be done with it. We all have to do it as adults in both our personal and professional lives. The quicker you can learn to acquiesce in certain situations, the better. Or you can stand on prinicple and see how far that gets you. The parents may want to reconsider. Just my two cents though...
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