Eleven Pennington School seniors were inducted as student members of the School's chapter of the Cum Laude Society on October 19. Students inducted are within the top ten percent of their class, as determined by grade point average, and the School views selection for membership as one of the highest honors it can confer.
The Cum Laude Society is an international organization dedicated to recognizing academic achievement in secondary schools. There are 382 institutions in the Society; most are independent schools.
The new members of Pennington's chapter of Cum Laude are Akshay Arun, Chi Chen, Ariana Colner, Hexin Jiang, Merrick Liu, Christopher Ly, Avani Prakash, Dahe Wang, Lyuxin Zhang, Minghao Zhang, and Yiwei Zhu.
The induction ceremony was held in Wesley Forum in the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. After an invocation from the Reverend David Hallgren, Head of School William Hawkey gave a welcome speech. Teacher of Music Donald Dolan provided information about Cum Laude's history and motto, and Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler introduced the faculty members in Pennington's Cum Laude chapter. Teacher of Compensatory Skills Dr. Tyesha Elmore was the program speaker. Cum Laude Chapter President Lisa L. Houston then formally inducted the students.