Ah, the valedictorian. Top of the class, highest grade point average, and an all around genius. Who wouldn’t want to be this person at graduation? The valedictorian gets into the best colleges and basically has success written all over them. But the road to becoming one is less than glamorous. How do valedictorians become valedictorians…anyways?
You have to start from the beginning, and by the beginning I mean freshman year of high school or college. From the day you sign up for courses, your quest for number one begins. First, the basics must be laid in front. Class rank, what determines valedictorian, salutatorian, etc. is determined through GPA. Every course has a certain weight, usually regular courses weigh in as 4pts (if they receive a mark of an A), honors courses weigh as 5pts, Advanced Placement (AP) courses weigh in as 6pts, and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses weigh in at 7pts.
All of the weighted points are added together and divided by the number of courses taken, thus, results the GPA. This is cumulative over the 4 years of high school or college so it is crucial to establish it your first and second years.
There is not a lot to it but to try to get straight A while simultaneously having the hardest course load possible. Yet, it is also very important that you do not overload yourself and end up getting lower marks in classes where you should be getting As. If you feel you have too much on your plate, then maybe being valedictorian is now what you were cut out to be.
In your quest to become the top of the top, remember to keep your enemies (and by this I mean the top 1% of your class fighting for the number one spot) in check. Keep track on how #2, 3, 4, and 5 are doing academically and consider any follies from their part your strength. These sort of folk will probably be in your AP and IB classes as they too are fighting to be valedictorian.
Now you might be asking yourself, do I really want to sacrifice four years of my life to become a number that everyone will forget after graduation? The answer is: Yes. There are a myriad of benefits that come from being valedictorian of a class. Not only to you get to write a speech and articulate it at graduation, but you also get recognized by top colleges, receive scholarships just for being “number 1”, and get to graduate before everyone else (which really doesn’t matter since everyone is going to graduate by the end of the night anyway). It basically paves your path to success and if you choose to follow you could end up at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc.
To be valedictorian, you just have to set your mind to it. Do the extra credit, study an extra hour, and say no to your friends one night or two, because it will all pay off in the end. It is all about numbers and grades and keeping your As straight and in line. There is no other factor involved other than grades. It is all computed through your school’s system, it just depends what kind of input, you input.
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Famous Valedictorians: W.E.B. Dubois, Jodie Foster, Cindy Crawford, Kevin Spacey, and Weird Al Yankovic.