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Congratulations to Our Cum Laude Society Students
Posted 04/25/2012 11:44AM

Very back row, left to right: Mr. John Daly, Mrs. Anita Orr, Secretary; Ms. Marilyn Peyton Corbin, Alejandro Fernandez-Mendez

Row standing, left to right: Alexander Levine, Stephen Ledniczky, Nick Syris, Tyler Selig, Matthew Steinberg, Erica Block, John Mendoza, Connor Jimenez, Dr. Beth Lazerick, Rev. George Andrews, Mr. Julian Domenech, Ms. Phyllis Merrill, President; Mr. Phil Crangi, Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek, Mrs. Bari Attis, Michael Moroney, Colby Bennardo, Hejia Zhao, Marissa Kay, Zoe Hernandez, Charlotte Osborne, Manisha Tolani, Kaitlin Greer, Isabel Echarte, Ana Keusch, Melinda Lian, Justin Daily

Front row seated, left to right: Heather Hooker, Amanda King, Kaylie Clemenza, Vineet Nadkarni, Brandon Mazzeo, Hannah Coombs, Laura Fawzi, Grace Wang, Stephanie Khoury, Lori Ebenstein, Gabrielle Carbone, Kelsey Janser, Sam Bennrubi, Di Zhu, Christian Pira, Austin Torretti, Trevor Wexner, Orlando Rodriguez, Zachary Fields, Noah Steinberg, Kyle Clemenza, Jamie Pross, Emily Wheeler, Gabrielle Schneiderman

Not pictured: Cara Kirshon, Nicole Bellissimo

Congratulations to all of hardworking students that are listed above for being named to The Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society, a national independent school honor society, was established at Saint Andrew's School in 1968. Membership in the Society is the highest academic honor awarded by the school. At commencement, seniors who have been elected to membership are designated as graduating "cum laude," with praise.

Juniors and seniors are elected to membership based upon their academic achievement and good character. Up to 20% of the senior class and 10% of the junior class are eligible for election.

To be considered for membership in the Society, a junior must have spent the entire 10th grade and be in the process of completing the 11th grade at Saint Andrew's School. The juniors elected must have a GPA of at least 4.0. A senior must have spent the entire 11th grade and be in the process of completing the 12th grade at Saint Andrew's and must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. During the election process, the Society may review a student's freshman-year grades or grades earned at another school; however, these grades will not be included in the GPA.

The Cum Laude Society motto includes the Greek words Arete, Dike, Time (Excellence, Justice, Honor). According to the national organization, "The Motto specifies qualities which, ideally, each member of the Society should have as personal goals and should endeavor to encourage in society as well." Therefore, in the election process, a student's honor record at Saint Andrew's School may be reviewed. In addition, juniors or seniors elected to the Society are expected to uphold this motto in order to remain members of the Saint Andrew's School chapter.

The presence of a Cum Laude chapter at a secondary school indicates that superior academic achievement is honored. The Society presently consists of 344 chapters, approximately 24 of which are located in public schools. The remainder are located in independent schools in the United States, Canada, England, France and Spain.



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