Cum Laude International Honor Society
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2019 Cum Laude Honor Society Address
By Isabel Purdy, Modern Languages Chinese teacher, 9th Grade Dean
Read the remarks to this year's honorees and guests, as well as the entire Wheeler Upper School, here.
A History of Cum Laude Society at Wheeler by Ken Clauser, Chapter President through 2018
"It is my privilege today to talk for a moment about the history of the Cum Laude Society. The phrase "Cum Laude" is from Latin - meaning "with praise" - and has traditionally been used to describe students who graduate with honors or with distinction in a specific area of study. The National Cum Laude Society was established in 1906 to promote learning and scholarship in secondary schools and to honor outstanding scholars in those schools. The Wheeler School has been a member of the National Cum Laude Society since 1982. For the first few years of its existence here, all the new members of were young women because Wheeler was still predominantly a girls' school. The first young man to be inducted was Jas Tereszczenko '85 in 1985. Jas died tragically from a rare heart condition while an undergraduate at Columbia and we pay tribute to his memory every year at this ceremony."
Cum Laude International Honor Society inductees
The 2019 Cum Laude ceremony was held March 7 in the Upper School. It honors the top scholars in the Junior and Senior classes. No more than 10% of a Junior Class and no more than 20% of a Senior class may be inducted. The criteria include grades, level of difficulty of courses and integrity. This year's inductees are:
Seniors (Class of 2019) Luc Allio John Chivers Cecelia DeSimone John Fay Annabelle Iredale Madeline Morocco Cecily Nishimura Everett Smith William Volpe Samuel Yelnoskey
Juniors (Class of 2020) Philip Ross Cornelissen Tianxin Fan Ashrita Iyengar Shivesh Mehrota Alexandra Mirrer Juan Sanchez-Ayesta Daniel Shimberg Arvind Sridhar Brandon Zhang
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