Valedictorian/Salutatorian Selection Criteria
Requirements to qualify as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian are as follows:
a. Must graduate Summa Cum Laude with High Honors based on unweighted GPA
b. Must have earned at least an associate degree or 60 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree
c. Must walk in the graduation ceremony
d. Valedictorian must give a speech during the graduation ceremony
e. Must earn an Endorsed Diploma
f. Must be classified as graduating by December 1 of graduating school year
The following point system will be used to determine valedictorian/salutatorian:
Cumulative weighted GPA shall be determined at the end of the 1st semester of the graduating year. The top ten approved CEC Colorado Springs 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 CECCS 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 CECCS 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.