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Valedictorian/Salutatorian Selection Criteria

Requirements to qualify as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian are as follows:
 
  1. Must graduate Summa Cum Laude Diploma with High Honors
  2. Must have earned a bachelor's degree, associate degree or 60 college credits toward a bachelor's degree
  3. Must walk in the graduation ceremony
  4. Must give a speech during the ceremony
  5. Must earn an Endorsed Diploma if the school offers one
  6. Must be classified as a 12th grader by October 1 of graduating school year
The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are elected each year from the graduating class.  The Valedictorian ranks first in scholarship and is considered the top student of his/her class; the Salutatorian ranks second in scholarship and is considered the second highest student in his/her class.  Criteria are based primarily on cumulative GPA, but the number of college credits earned and cores on ACT tests are also considered at mid-3rd quarter of the graduating year.  Thus, more than one student may qualify for the valedictorian and salutatorian distinctions.
 
The following point system will be used to determine valedictorian/salutatorian:
 
Cumulative GPA shall be determined at the end of the 1st semester of the graduating year.  The top ten approved CSEC graduates shall be ranked by GPA and given the following point values.  1st: 30 points; 2nd: 27 points; 3rd: 24 points; 4th: 21 points; 5th: 18 points; 6th: 15 points; 7th: 12 points; 8th: 9 points; 9th; 6 points; and 10th: 3 points.
 
The number of high school and college credits earned, demonstrating high school and college credits earned, demonstrating a grade of 70% or higher, taken by the top ten GPA CSEC graduates shall be determined at the mid-3rd quarter of the graduating year.  The following point values will be awarded.  1st: 20 points; 2nd: 18 points; 3rd: 16 points; 4th: 14 points; 5th: 12 points; 6th: 10 points; 7th: 8 points; 9th: 4 points; and 10th: 2 points.
 
The top score on the SAT tests earned by the top ten GPA approved CSEC graduates shall be determined at mid-3rd quarter of the graduating year.  Due to deadlines, the SAT score to be considered for this honor is a February score.  (However, any potential graduating Junior will need to have their SAT results turned in by February).  The following point values will be awarded:  1st: 10 points; 2nd: 9 points; 3rd: 8 points; 4th: 7 points; 5th: 6 points; 6th: 5 points; 7th: 4 points; 8th: 3 points; 9th: 2 points; 10th: 1 point.
 
The point totals from the above three categories will be used to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  The Head of School and the Academic Advisor will meet with the qualifying students after the 3rd quarter of their graduating year to inform them of their honor and to begin preparing for graduation.