ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County has a new way to name their valedictorian.

The Anne Arundel County School Board has narrowly passed a policy that will eliminate class rank for high school students in two years.

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It will allow schools to select valedictorians and salutatorian based on qualities like character and leadership, in addition to grade point average.

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Class ranks have been criticized for creating a competitive environment in schools and placing unnecessary stress on students.

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But critics of the new policy said the competition is healthy.