CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan high school has decided to stop crowning homecoming queens amid bullying issues.
A Chelsea High School Student Council letter says the school decided to stop the “outdated” tradition because of its competitive and stereotypical nature.
The change follows the high school’s 2016-17 #WhyYouMatter campaign, which highlighted contributions by students and staff. Student Council members believed the homecoming queen tradition clashed with the project’s message.
The school will instead hand out a new excellence award, which will be open to students regardless of gender.
Valerie Johnson is an English teacher and a Student Council adviser. She says the new award will consider students’ academic, social and emotional attributes.
The excellence award will be revealed at the school’s homecoming football game Sept. 21.