The Darlington Chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 22 students and two faculty members during an installation ceremony on Thursday, April 19 in Morris Chapel.
According to Dean of College Guidance Sam Moss (’63), Chapter president, membership in the Cum Laude Society is one of the highest academic honors Darlington can bestow upon members of the student body. To be eligible for consideration, students must have an A (93) average for all four years, have taken at least eight Honors or AP courses over four years (or two each year), have earned a very high class rank and have demonstrated good character, honor and integrity in all aspects of their school life. Membership is limited to a maximum of 20% of each senior class.
Inductees included Michael Reid Blackmon, Liuhan Chen, Jacqueline Jones Cline, Caroline Branyon Cordell, Jackson Connor Eady, Linyun Gu, David Lawson Hagler, Gabrielle Nicole Jones, Sophia Kalusche, Guangji Liu, Bronwyn Sarah Luitweiler, Callie Anne Maffett, Ansley Claire McCoy, Cheng Jia Stella Miao, Long Minh Nguyen, Anna Kate Roberts, Abigail Elizabeth Sklar, Samuel James Tackeberry, Fowler Scott Walker, Nolan Tyler Wilson, Wei Wu, and Rong Ye.
“The Cum Laude Society recognizes excellence in academic work,” said Moss. “As these students pursue their education, it is our hope that they will accept this honor as a responsibility to make a contribution to the ongoing search for greater understanding of one's self and of society.”
The society also inducted two Darlington faculty members: Tara Kirkland Inman who teaches Upper School English and serves as dean of students for global education and Owen Michael Kinney, who teaches Environmental Science, Robotics and Zoology at the Upper School. Jonathan Wagshul, Upper School history department chair, was recognized as a transfer member from the Choate Rosemary Hall chapter, where he was inducted as a student.
Click here for a photo gallery from the ceremony.