Could I say one of the phrases below?

"The valedictorians of the last 5 years..."


"The last 5 years valedictorians..."

instead of saying "In the last 5 years, the valedictorians..."

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    The first is okay. The second (even with an apostrophe years') is not idiomatic. Nov 10, 2020 at 12:05

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I think "The last 5 years' valedictorians." is better (with the apostrophe) , but both ok. Less is more.

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