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Academic Honors

Honor Roll

At the end of the first quarter, the first semester, the third quarter, and the second semester, students earning a grade point average of 4.0 or above are placed on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Students earning a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99 are placed on the Alpha Honor Roll. Students earning a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 are placed on the Beta Honor Roll.

Academic Letterman

A student becomes an Academic Letterman at the Principal’s Honor Roll status by achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)
A student becomes an Academic Letterman at the Alpha Honor Roll status achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll or Alpha Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)
A student achieves Beta Honor Roll status for the school year by achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll, Alpha Honor Roll, or Beta Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)

Academic Awards

Eighth graders who are Academic Lettermen at either the Principal’s or Alpha honor roll status receive a medal.
Upperclassmen who are Academic Lettermen at either the Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll status have the privilege of wearing a cloth letter on a letterman’s jacket purchased through the Student Services Office. The school letter will bear the academic insignia patch. There is no distribution of loose letters or insignia patches. No additional decoration may be added to a letterman’s jacket unless issued for that express purpose by the school.
At the completion of his freshman year, an Academic Letterman at either the Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll status as a freshman may order a letterman’s jacket through the Student Services Office. The same rule applies to students completing their sophomore, junior or senior year. The student pays for the jacket. The school pays the cost of the letter and the insignia patch.

Academic lettering insignia patches are worn only on the letterman’s jacket.

Note: Any grade changes after the 3rd quarter report card issue date will not be reflected in school publications or programs.

Valedictorian/ Salutatorian

The valedictorian is the honors graduate who has attended Brother Martin High School at least four years, has the highest cumulative grade point average, and has taken Calculus Honors or Calculus AP. The only exception to this is the case in which another honors graduate has a cumulative grade point average that is lower only because he earned credits above the minimum graduation requirements in non-honors courses. In this case, the cumulative grade point averages of both graduates will be recalculated less all non-required, non-honors credits earned. The graduate with the highest resulting cumulative grade point average will be the valedictorian, and the other graduate will be the salutatorian.

The salutatorian is the honors graduate with the second highest cumulative grade point average except if another honors graduate has a cumulative grade point average which is lower only because he earned credits above the minimum graduation requirements in non-honors courses. In this case, the procedure outlined above, which involves recalculating the GPA of students, will be followed to determine the salutatorian. The salutatorian has to have attended Brother Martin for four years.

In most cases, the valedictorian and salutatorian will be given the privilege of addressing the audience at the commencement ceremony. However, in the case of multiple valedictorians, there will be no salutatorian. Also, in the case of multiple valedictorians or salutatorians, the privilege of addressing the audience may be withheld at the discretion of the principal.

Note: To determine the final ranking of valedictorian and salutatorian candidates, cumulative grade point averages will be calculated to repeating or terminating decimals.