You do not have to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian to get into a great school. It is important to be in the top 10%, but that number can vary depending on your school. If you are at a large school, you need to be in a higher percentile, and if you are in a small school, that number might not be very indicative. Class rank is often determined by weighted grades to provide a fair indication of a student’s academic level in the school. Your rank is useful for college admissions because they can use it to compare you to other students in your own school. If your school does not rank, it simply will not factor into the decision.
These are some programs that are popular among high school students. This is by no means an exhaustive list of nationally recognized programs. Boy’s/Girls States