At what point do we let children realize the value and rewards of hard work? In a time where trophies are handed out to everyone it was disheartening to realize that our high school also applies the same "everyone is special" mentality. If you want to know what's wrong with public schools you need to look no further than the Alpena High School awards ceremony. The night should have been a celebration for 85 students whose academics put them on the traditional honor roll; instead parents spent the night clapping for the majority of the class for being on the progressive honor roll. This is a ridiculous honor given for those who increase their letter grades. To give awards to over 93 percent of a senior class in order to make everyone feel special makes no one feel special. 85 students deserved recognition and the school minimized their accomplishments. If accountability is not taught by high school, when?