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Senior Academic Awards

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Senior Academic Awards include:

  • Valedictorian- Student(s) with the highest seven semester Grade Point Average
  • Salutatorian- Student(s) with the second highest seven semester Grade Point Average
  • Top 15% recognized by Memorial High School
    • Magna Cum Laude- top 5%
    • Cum Laude- remainder of the top 15%
  • Top 10% as recognized by the State of Texas
    • Cannot include more than 10% of the senior class
    • Determines priority admission to state colleges and universities
  • State of Texas “Highest Ranking Graduate”- Texas Education Code, Section 54.201.  The SBISD approved method for selection at MHS is:
    • The valedictorian as determined by a seven-semester class rank.
    • In the case of a tie, the "Honor Graduate Certificate" will be awarded according to the following sequence until the tie is broken.
      • The student who has spent four years at Memorial High School in grades 9 - 12
      • The highest seven-semester numerical average (carried to four places after the decimal) of those courses used to calculate the class rank
      • The highest eight-semester numerical average (carried to four places after the decimal) of those courses used to calculate the class rank