At all-school meeting on Wednesday, April 19, SM Senior Teacher Rick Umiker announced fifteen St. Markers as the newest members of the Cum Laude Society.
Sixth Formers Katie Hartigan, Charlotte Wood, Sabin Kim, Gabriel Brower, Theo Bartlett, Harry Kuperstein, Jason Qian, Samantha Sarafin and Olivia Sommers were elected, along with Fifth Formers Sophie Haugen, Jovin Ho, Sada Nichols-Worley, Helynna Lin, Mo Liu, and Gillian Yue, all recognized for their academic and intellectual achievement at St. Mark's. Last year, current Sixth Formers Lucy Cao, Steven Li, and Gabriel Xu were elected as Fifth Formers.
Founded in 1906, the 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 also are located in Canada, England, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
In the selection process, faculty members of the Cum Laude Society look closely at each prospective student's academic record, examining not only their grades, but the rigor of their courses, their intellectual leadership and their intellectual curiosity. Mr. Umiker is the President of the St. Mark's Chapter of the Cum Laude Society.
The newest members of the Cum Laude Society at St. Mark's will be formally inducted at a ceremony in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall on May 9.