Milton Honors Achievements of 37 Cum Laude Recipients
by Caleb Rhodes on Friday, June 10th, 2016
On Tuesday, May 31, Milton Academy inducted 37 new members into its chapter of the Cum Laude Society. The annual Cum Laude ceremony, held in Wigglesworth Hall, is the capstone of academic achievement for Milton Academy students and signals the start of the end of school awards and festivities. According to their website, the Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 and currently has 382 chapters worldwide. The society stands for three main values: areté, diké, and timé, translated to excellence, justice, and honor.
Getting inducted into Cum Laude is very competitive, as only the top 20% of the senior class, by grade average, make the cut. In calculating a student’s odds of getting Cum Laude, Milton Academy considers this student’s grades from Class III, Class II, and the first semester of Class I without weighting honors or advanced courses when making their decisions. Additionally, one member of Class II is invited to join the Cum Laude society for showing the utmost academic achievement within his or her grade.
This year, Milton recognized 36 seniors: Ashley Adelberg, Trevor Atkeson, Gavin Baker-Greene, Samuel Brigham, Julia Carabatsos, Jonathan Chan, Aeshna Chandra, Madeline Dewire, Andrew Dumaresque, Deanna Ferrante, Alexander Frongillo, Caroline Giuggio, Emily Grace, Rika Ichinose, Jiyoung Jeong, David Jones, Benjamin Makishima, Mark Massa, Cale McCormick, Nick Mehlman, Andrea Minicus, Hadley Noble, Juliet Pesner, Ravi Rahman, Rajiv Ram, Kevin Ren, Ellora Rich, Samuel Rochelle, Eliza Scharfstein, Benjamin Smith, Lauren Stikeleather, Melody Tan, Luis Viceira, Cassidy Warwick, Carter Wilcox, and Clementine Wiley.
One junior, Elina Thadhani, followed in Tianyu Lin’s footsteps and also joined the society as the Class II honoree.
Samuel Brigham (I) remarked, “It was in the back of my mind that I might be selected, but it was still a nice surprise. While I wanted to do well for the sake of doing well, getting selected for Cum Laude was like a bonus. Milton is a hard school. Everyone who stood up there and received a certificate really deserved to be there.”
Elina Thadhani (II) also added, “I was extremely surprised — I had no idea it was going to be me. I got the email the day after it came out for seniors, so I thought that the decision had already been made. Cum Laude was never a goal for me — I’ve just tried to work as hard as I can in every class and every assignment, and I’m happy that my work paid off. In general, I believe that working only for the purpose of winning a prize isn’t productive or beneficial — that being said, I feel very honored to be recognized this year.”
After Ms. Bonenfant awarded the certificates, Mr. Connolly spoke. He noted that from “most of what you learn here, the specific points of instruction will be forgotten 50 years from now. You will remember the emotional moments, the kindness, the conflicts,” and concluded by offering this piece of wisdom to the scholars: “You are the learning, and the learning is who you are.”
The ceremony finished with a brisk walk across the street into Cox Library where, with a gleaming smile, Mr. Bland unveiled the 2015-16 Cum Laude plaque to a chorus of cheers. Milton Academy’s academic excellence continues.
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