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    The senior with the highest academic achievement is honored at commencement as Class Valedictorian.  The student with the second highest academic achievement is honored at commencement as the Class Salutatorian.

    Seniors are also honored for their academic achievement by the awarding of Double Gold and Single Gold honor cords worn at the commencement ceremony. 

    For all Academic Honors, students must

    1. Be a full-time student at Chief Sealth by enrolling in six (6) classes each semester in the 9th, 10th, 11th grades and 3rd quarter of 12th grade (through end of Winter Quarter for Running Start students). 
    2. Be a student in good standing.
    3. Spend a minimum of one semester attending classes on Chief Sealth’s campus.

    Important Note: Grade changes or grade replacements must be submitted within six (6) school weeks after the grading period has ended. No retroactive grade changes will be allowed.

    VALEDICTORIAN
    Eligibility for Valedictorian is as follows:

    1. Earn the highest-grade point average in the graduating class.
    2. Have no “E” grades.
    3. No “P” grades allowed except for Driver’s Ed.

    SALUTATORIAN
    Eligibility for Salutatorian is as follows:

    1. Earn the highest-grade point average in the graduating class.
    2. Have no “E” grades.
    3. No “P” grades allowed except for Driver’s Ed.

    DOUBLE GOLD CORD
    For Double Gold Cord eligibility, a student must

    1. Earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average in each of the above semesters.
    2. Have no “E” grades.
    3. Two (2) “P” grades allowed (includes Driver’s Ed and/or TA grades)
    4. Physical Education (PE) Waivers are allowed.

    SINGLE GOLD CORD
    For Single Gold Cord eligibility, a student must

    1. Earn a 3.2 – 3.49 cumulative grade point average through the end of the terms listed above.
    2. Have no “E” grades.
    3. “P” grades allowed (includes Driver’s Ed and/or TA grades)
    4. Physical Education (PE) Waivers are allowed.