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Twenty Students Inducted Into Cum Laude Society

On Wednesday morning on Lions Court, 10 twelfth-grade students and 10 eleventh-grade students were inducted into the St. Andrew’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society, which honors the school’s highest academic achievers. The ceremony was attended by eighth- through twelfth-grade students as well as members of the honorees’ families.
From the Class of 2024, Charlotte Clark, Rose Currie, Nicholas de Carvalho, Henry Freytag, Alison Heim, Pamela Kim, Zara Koso-Thomas, Zaina Nasim, Samuel Sandler, and Halyn Schoenfeld were inducted. Gabriel Amha, Kayla Bhatia, Samina Bhatia, Talia Brodsky, Kosette Koons-Perdikis, Daniel Lobsenz, Thomas Ludecke, Alan Mehmetoglu, Ian Sabin, and Ada Shin were inducted for the Class of 2025.

The new inductees were welcomed into the Society by members of the Class of 2024 who were inducted last year,  Matthew Chensavasdijai, Jacob Lehrman, Joshua Cohen, Kamdi Oguchi, Emily Conway, Hannah Portner, Kevin Hallagan, Jasmine Wang, Emma Kee, and Steven Zhong, as well as faculty members who were inducted into the Cum Laude society when they were students.

Upon induction, the newest members were given the charge by Head of School Robert Kosasky to honor the Cum Laude Society’s three core principles of Honor, Excellence, and Justice. English Teacher Ms. Dresden Koons addressed the student body as the speaker.

The Cum Laude Society, which was originally founded in 1906 in Maryland, recognizes outstanding academic achievement as well as the qualities of good character, honor, and integrity in eleventh and twelfth-grade students. St. Andrew’s was admitted to the Cum Laude Society in 1987, a significant achievement for a school that had opened only nine years prior. Admission to the Cum Laude Society helped to legitimize the School, and the second Head of the School Thomas Shaw considered this one of his most important accomplishments.

St. Andrew’s is one of 382 member schools of the Cum Laude Society. To date, St. Andrew’s has inducted 470 juniors and seniors into the Cum Laude Society. Approximately 4,000 students in the United States and worldwide are inducted each year.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.