Eleven Pennington seniors were inducted on Oct. 23 as student members of the School's chapter of the Cum Laude Society before an audience of the entire Upper School, faculty, and parents. Students inducted are within the top ten percent of the class, as determined by grade point average, and the School views selection for membership as one of the highest honors it can confer.
The new members of Cum Laude are Mariel Abano, Zheng Bao, Kyewon Byun, Gabriela Cano, Sydney Gibbard, Oluwatamilore Kolawole, Emily Moini, Katherine Reim, Austin Shah, Mina Shokoufandeh, and Qinyuan Wu.
The Cum Laude Society is an international organization recognizing "academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor." There are approximately 380 institutions in the Society; most are independent schools.
After a welcome from Headmaster William Hawkey, faculty member Donald Dolan provided information about Cum Laude's history and motto. Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler introduced the Cum Laude faculty members, including Dr. Lida Castro, who was the program speaker. Faculty member Lisa Houston then formally inducted the students.