Newest Cum Laude Society Members Honored at Laguna Blanca Annual Ceremony

On May 2, students from Laguna Blanca Upper School filled Spaulding Auditorium for a ceremony to recognize their newest inductees into the Cum Laude Society, the renowned organization dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. Eight new members were inducted at the Fourth Annual Cum Laude Society Induction Ceremony – Anastasia Antonova ’13, Chloë Brown ’14, Margaret Lazarovits ’14, Lindsay Ligon ’14, Clara Madsen ’14, Justin Palmer ’13, Bryana Schantz ’13, and Zoe Serbin ’13. Cum Laude Society membership is considered the highest scholastic achievement at independent schools nationwide, and Laguna Blanca is one of only 30 schools in the state of California authorized to admit new members.

College Counselor Dr. Karl Revells outlined the basic criteria of the selection process during the ceremony. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, there is an expectation that inductees also stand as models of good citizenship and character. “But here the similarity ends, for each inductee is also a true individual,” Revells shared. “Some of them are highly athletic, some are talented artists, some are musicians and yet others are engineers-to-be. Some are keen organizers; others prefer to be members of a team, while some of them are quiet, reflective souls and others were born social.” Chapters are permitted to admit no more than 20% of a graduating class, 10% of whom may be admitted at the conclusion of his or her junior year. Last year, Daria Etezadi, Alex Hawker, and Brendon Nylen were inducted into the Cum Laude Society as juniors.

Left to right: Clara Madsen '14, Anastasia Antonova '13, Justin Palmer '13, Margaret Lazarovitz '14, Zoe Serbin '13, Bryana Schantz '13, Lindsay Ligon '14, Chloë Brown '14.
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Left to right: Clara Madsen ‘14, Anastasia Antonova ‘13, Justin Palmer ‘13, Margaret Lazarovitz ‘14, Zoe Serbin ‘13, Bryana Schantz ‘13, Lindsay Ligon ‘14, Chloë Brown ‘14.

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