Hello!I know someone who is aspiring to be valedictorian of my high school class. What advice (other than the basic and trite) can you give him for success?
In the hopes of being authentic to answering and not flippant, I would suggest that the hopes of being valedictorian do not represent the sole aspiration of your colleague. Being the valedictorian is a worthy goal, one that should be praised. However, to set sights on this as the solitary marker of success is something that should be avoided. At the same time, I think that the journey of learning and maturation far outstrip the mere title of "valedictorian." If the question is about how the individual should go about in achieving the status, I think that taking honors level courses would be critical in this formula. At the same time, there has to be a strong desire to open dialogues with teachers so as to ensure absolute clarity between they, who are assessing student work, and the student, who seeks to replicate success through completing work in a satisfactory manner.
If you're more interested in being valedictorian than anything else, take easy A classes. Granted, this won't make you look good on college apps so I suggest you don't take that route. I do suggest you take a moderate course load that you know you can handle to ensure all A's.