St. Margaret’s Inducts 25 Students Into Prestigious International Cum Laude Society
St. Margaret’s inducted 15 seniors and 10 juniors into the prestigious Cum Laude Society, an international organization which recognizes and celebrates academic achievement. The new Tartan inductees join eight current seniors inducted in 2018 as juniors.
The new inductees were honored at a celebratory ceremony during Upper School Chapel, led by Upper School teacher and Cum Laude Chapter President Rocky Parker, Head of School Will Moseley and Upper School teacher and narrator Dallas Clemmons, all members of the Cum Laude Society. The keynote speaker was St. Margaret’s alumna Cristina Poindexter ’09, a Cum Laude member who graduated from Yale University and now works as an entrepreneur and technologist.
“I truly believe that no effort is ever wasted,” Ms. Poindexter told the students. “All our efforts add up, and they end up steering the direction our lives take.”
The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 and identifies academic achievement through its motto: Areté (excellence), Diké (justice), Timé (honor). Chapters are established in schools of superior academic quality, and St. Margaret’s is one of just 382 chapters of the Cum Laude Society around the world and the only one in Orange County.
The 25 new inductees join more than 300 St. Margaret’s students who have been inducted since 1986.
The Cum Laude Society limits membership to 20 percent of a school’s senior class, with only 10 percent eligible for induction as juniors. In addition to academic achievement, students must demonstrate good character, honor and integrity.
Congratulations to the newest Cum Laude Society inductees!
Grade 12 Inductees: Madison Barkate Andi Carnell Nicklaus Falshaw Declan Landau Matthew Margason Julia Martin Rhiannon Parker William Reinkensmeyer Layla Shakerin Michael Smith Emily Sun Sarah Thurin John Wohlgemuth Keely Yeargin Kevin Zhu
Grade 11 Inductees: Logan Burke Serena Carson Juliet Cushing Lara Hairapetian Samantha Hasani Thomas Hughes Colin Miehe Soo Yeon Ryu Emily Zhang Grace Zhou
Current seniors inducted in 2018 as juniors: Matthew Colglazier Grant Kinsey Gillian Mann Romina Sahafi Andrew Vollero Jordan Westendorf Taylor Wong Natalie Yee