sa·lu·ta·to·ri·an | \sə-ˌlü-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən \

Definition of salutatorian 

: the student usually having the second highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the salutatory address at the commencement exercises

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Doris graduated salutatorian of her Manchester High School class in 1940., "Doris Jacobs," 8 Apr. 2018 Needville High School’s 2018 valedictorian is Kaysie Marie Faas, and salutatorian is Ashley Nicole Person. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Needville’s top students head to Texas A&M," 6 June 2018 Rachel Thomas, Miami Country Day School salutatorian, is going to the University of Pennsylvania to major in biological basis of behavior and also wants to become a surgeon. Sue Arrowsmith And Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "These are the top 2018 high school grads at Miami-Dade private schools," 5 June 2018 The graduates heard from valedictorian Jason Woods, salutatorian Illario Ercole, their principal and William Malesh, a member of the Cecil County Board of Education. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Perryville High student's 'spirit will live with us,' Class of 2018 president says," 11 June 2018 The parents of Crawford’s salutatorian, who has a 4.41 GPA, are Vietnamese immigrants. P.k. Daniel,, "Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 6 June 2018 Five students were honored as class salutatorians after earning the second-highest GPAs with and without grade weighting. Karen Berkowitz,, "Power of a smile not lost on Highland Park 2018 commencement speaker," 5 June 2018 The ceremony included performances by the school band and chorus, speeches by administrators and class officers, and speeches by salutatorian Amy Akerley and valedictorian Suzanne Pranger. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 Class salutatorian Sierra Danyow said that coming to the school as a freshman from Canterbury was initially intimidating. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Ellis Tech Class Of 2018 Called 'Spirited, Challenging, Committed'," 26 June 2018

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circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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: the student who has the second best grades in a graduating class

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