More high schools are eliminating senior-class "superlatives" polls, in part out of concern for their effect on recipients.
Nearly one-third of those named "most likely to succeed" in high school regard it later as "a curse."
Some labels, such as "worst reputation" or "most likely to have a conversation with himself," can raise legal concerns about damaging students' future prospects. [source]
As the editor-in-chief of my senior yearbook, I was in charge of "senior superlatives" and peeved some classmates when I posted the results publicly in advance.
In response, my yearbook adviser cut "senior superlatives" from the yearbook and, not wanting them to go to waste, I passed the awards on to fellow members of the school newspaper staff.
"Jon, we need to talk. I am deeply hurt by what you did. You betrayed me."
"We pulled 'senior superlatives' from the yearbook for a reason. You knew that students were upset with the awards they won and you still went behind my back and published them in the Oracle. I can't believe you."
"Chris Brooks complained to me today about being featured in the Oracle as 'Biggest Brown Noser.'"
[Note: We pasted his head onto a stand-in's body in the accompanying photo with the female winner, but renamed the award "Teacher's Pet" to soften the blow]
"We should've discussed this beforehand."
"Jon, I care deeply about the students at this school. When you do something like this…it hurts."
I was voted "Most Likely to Host an Infomercial."