Leaders Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.  

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Here are some of the Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians from High Schools and Colleges. This list highlights numerous successful professionals, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as various contemporary and upcoming talented achievers graduated most recently, such as Anisha Shenai (Danvers High School), Caitlin Duffy (Northfield HS), Eric Duquette (Smithfield HS), Lauren Gentry (Wakulla HS), Sarah Collins (Sunlake HS), Reynolds twins (Satsuma HS), and Wilson twins (Madison HS), who are honored as Valedictorians and Salutatorians by their High Schools. The links to their Graduation Speeches are included, where available, in the description section. The top graduate with higher grades is referred to as Valedictorian, whereas the honor of becoming a Salutatorian requires the highest overall GPA as well as the mastery on effective public speaking, excellent language skills and strength in extracurricular activities. Princeton University chooses a "Latin Salutatorian" based on the ability to write and deliver a speech to the audience in that language. The title "Salutatorian" comes from the salutatorian's traditional role as the first speaker at the graduation ceremony, delivering the salutatory speech.The Valedictorian usually delivers the "valedictory" address (i.e. bidding farewell and good bye) while the Salutatorian delivers the "salutatory" address (i.e. expressing welcome to the new world) to fellow students, teachers and families in the audience.
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
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Salutatorian from High School.

Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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Anisha Shenai

Anisha Shenai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
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Salutatorian from Danvers High School, MA, Class of 2010. Salutatorian speech: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/danvers/2010/06/danvers_high_salutatorian_spee.html Inspirational Quote: "Be remarkable. Let a flame of passion illuminate your way. Be extraordinary. Stray from the dullness of shadows, into a radiant glow. Feel. Dream. Live. And never concede. Never settle for anything less, as you move full speed ahead in the quest for a life full of light and color." - Anisha Shenai, Salutatorian of Class of 2010, Danvers High School, MA. (From Inspirational and Motivational Quotes at http://www.inspirational-quotes-and-quotations.com/inspirational-quote-by-anisha-shenai.html)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
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Valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.

Age: 37

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
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Salutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.

Age: 35

Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America

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