Ten seniors and ten juniors are new members in Fort Worth Country Day’s chapter of Cum Laude. Seniors Catherine Andrew, Ainsley Bescher, Margaret Biggs, Claire Guthrie, Ainsley Hilliard, Rachel Lynch, Mitch Overton, Felicia Pang, Riya Patel, Hank Toomey, and juniors Paloma Casanova, Jack Ethridge, Kale Graves, Christopher Hoppe, Ella Li, Henry Lynn, Katherine Morton, Reese Nelson and Andrew Nober were notified of their accolade in April. They join seniors, who were inducted into the society in spring 2019, Reena Alame, William Burnette, Stephanie Cook, Spencer Grubbs, Sidney Hubli, Lily Melcher, Bailey Melton, Stephanie Morgan, Katey Parham and Joy Yun.
The Cum Laude Society is an honorary organization that stresses excellence, justice and honor. Selection is limited to 10 percent of the junior class and 20 percent of the senior class, elected over two years, based on students’ high academic standing and rigorous course loads. Elected students also demonstrate good character, honor and integrity in all aspects of school life.
Head of Upper School Steve Stackhouse
and Assistant Head of Upper School Peggy Wakeland
are looking forward to presenting students with their membership pins in the future. “Even though we could not have the traditional induction ceremony, I want to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of these members of the junior and senior classes,” Stackhouse noted. “Congratulations to the new inductees.”
A Brief History
Founded in 1906, Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. The founders of the society modeled Cum Laude after Phi Beta Kappa, and in the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters, approximately two dozen of which are located in public schools and the rest in independent schools. Membership is predominantly in the United States, but chapters are also located in Canada, England, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the
The Cum Laude Logo
Originally named the Alpha Delta Tau fraternity, the Cum Laude Society adopted a stylized version of the Greek letter Tau (t) as its logo. Even though the fraternity evolved into the Cum Laude Society in the 1950s, the original logo was retained. It is used on all official publications and on Cum Laude pins to this day.