What does it take to become valedictorian?

Andrew Woodstock, Staff Writer

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As the 2016/2017 school year comes to an end, Lakeview’s seniors prepare for graduation. Olivia Charrette, ‘17 as valedictorian with a GPA of 3.96, is the student with the highest rank in the graduating class; and Liam Browning, ‘17 as salutatorian with a GPA of 3.95 has the second highest overall rank in the class.

  But how does one become valedictorian or salutatorian? It is one of the most prestigious academic titles, yet little is known about the process used for the awards.

  Charrette stated, “To begin, a student must fulfill the highest honors requirements. This means that a student must take Pre-Calculus, a science elective, and two AP classes of any kind. Then they must get a certain GPA and excellent scores on the M-step and SAT. Then all these scores are put into an equation and compared with other top students. The highest score gets Valedictorian.” It would make sense that the second highest score becomes salutatorian.

  Browning received all 1’s on his M-step, 1380 on the SAT, 34 on ACT, and took AP Biology, Physics, and Calculus as his electives and AP classes for highest honors. Charrette earned all 1’s as well on her M-Step,a 1490 on her SAT, a 34 on the ACT, and took Macomb Biology as her science elective as well as AP English and AP art for her required classes.

  Becoming valedictorian and salutatorian does not require any extra curricular activities. Although both award winners partook in many school activities, the activities had no effect on these titles as they are purely academic in nature.

  However, getting these scores is a project in itself. Hours upon hours of hard work and studying is required to get the grades and scores necessary. Of course, they could not do everything on their own either.

  Browning stated “My parents were my biggest supporters, without them I could never have achieved my goals.”

 Charrette also had some help from close friends.

   Charrette stated, “Band Director Jodi Thompson helped me develop a plan for when I graduate.”

  With the help and support of loved ones and hours of studying, the two hardest-working and most intelligent people in the senior class received the most prestigious academic rewards that one can receive. It is quite difficult but it is possible for anyone to become the valedictorian and salutatorian.

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