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据美国《世界日报》报道，由于在学校毕业纪念册上出资刊登的广告，被学校认为有性暗示，新泽西州樱树丘东区高中(Cherry Hill High School East)以第一名毕业的学生高龙翔(Steven Gao)，上周被校方告知不得代表毕业生致答词，经该校师生、家长声援，高龙翔家人与校方及学区会谈解释，校方终于同意让高龙翔在毕业典礼中致词，但仍罚他20小时社区服务。
高中四年学业成绩均名列前茅，今秋将进入宾州大学主修商业及工程的高龙翔，与其他五名同是学校长跑校队(Cross Country Team) 队员，共同出资在毕业纪念册(yearbook)上的“长跑校队”广告中，以“长跑得有本事”(Cross Country Takes Balls，按：ball为性器官的俚俗用语)为标题，并写上长跑校队T恤上的文字：“东校距离：我们耐力更久、更卖力、也更快” (East Distance：We do it Longer, Harder, and Faster)。
Cherry Hill East boots valedictorian
Friday, June 16, 2006
By JIM WALSH
But on Friday, says Gao, school officials told him he could not speak at the upcoming ceremony.
The 18-year-old Eagle Scout said he has been banned from the podium at Monday's event over his role in placing an off-color advertisement in East's 2005-06 yearbook. The ad included a double entendre of a sexual nature.
"It's totally ruining my whole graduation experience," said Gao, who noted his mother "has been crying a lot lately."
Interim Superintendent Timothy Brennan would not discuss Gao's case.
"I don't want to comment on a student matter," he said.
But Gao and his family were eager to speak.
"He's worked so hard," said the student's mother, Chaohua "Sue" Gao. "And I worked so hard just to help him."
The mother wept as she told how she planned to videotape her son's speech, so his accomplishment could be seen by family members living in China.
"This is unfair," she said.
Steven Gao said he placed the ad several months ago with five other members of East's cross country team. He acknowledged the ad contained "crude humor."
"On Wednesday night, I got a call from the yearbook adviser, asking how the ad got in," said Gao. That led to a meeting on Thursday with the school's athletic director, where Gao said he took responsibility for the ad.
On Friday morning, Gao said, he and his parents met with the school's principal, John O'Breza, and an assistant principal, Len Terranova.
"Basically they indicated they had already made a decision, and I would not be allowed to speak," he said.
O'Breza could not be reached. Terranova declined to comment.
School board president John Galie could not be reached for comment.
Gao, who plans to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, noted he will be allowed to attend graduation.
"I can sit on the stage. I'm still up there as a ranking scholar," he said.
Gao said the language in the controversial ad appears commonly on T-shirts worn by cross country runners.
The ad read in part: "Cross country takes balls . . . Other sports just play with them" and "East distance: We do it longer, harder, faster."
A Web site maintained by East's long-distance runners carries a message of support for Gao.
"Save Steve," it reads, calling Gao "one of the most respected students at the entire school."
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