Each year, a member of the senior class shall be determined to be the valedictorian and salutatorian of that senior class.  The valedictorian shall be the student who has obtained the highest grade point average according to the following guidelines.  The salutatorian shall be the student who has obtained the second highest grade point average as determined under the following guidelines:

1.  The valedictorian and salutatorian must be students enrolled in the 12th grade and who graduates with his/her cohort class.
2.  A student's graduation class is established upon entering the ninth grade.
3.  The student must have attended the school from which he/she is graduating for at least four consecutive semesters immediately preceding the determination of the class valedictorian and salutatorian.
4.  The valedictorian must have earned the highest grade point average in his/her graduating class based on the school's consistent use of either a weighted or unweighted scale.  The salutatorian must have earned the second highest grade point average in his/her graduating class.  The grade point average shall be determined by grades received in all classes taken from (first semester grade 9 through first semester grade 12) the eight semesters of high school attendance.  All grades will be calculated using the Gainesville High School grade point system.  The grade point average is calculated to the third place beyond the decimal point.
5.  To be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian, students must complete all regular level required courses by the end of the seventh semester and must graduate with their cohort class.  All Gainesville High School graduation requirement policies must be followed and all grade transcripts accepted and verified by the high school principal and counselor.
6.  When the determination of valedictorian status is affected by a mathematical anomaly resulting from a student transferring from a different program of study, for example...A non-block high school prior to the junior year, valedictorian consideration will be given for each student's 9th-12th grade program of study.  In this instance, co-valedictorians will be named.
7.  Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be calculated after the first semester of the 12th grade.
8.  Governor's scholarship is given to the Valedictorian whose GPA is the highest in case of co-valedictorians.