Since 1959, when Salisbury received its charter from the national organization, the Cum Laude Society has recognized exceptional academic achievement. Election to Cum Laude is widely regarded as the most prestigious academic honor that a secondary school student may receive, often drawing comparison to the designation of Phi Beta Kappa for a college student.
Each spring, the faculty membership of the Salisbury Chapter elects new members from among the top scholars in the Fifth and Sixth Forms. In recently completed deliberations, six members of the Class of 2018 and four members of the Class of 2019 earned election. All ten will be honored in front of the school community at the annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday evening, May 10.
New members-elect from the Sixth Form are Henry Nordahl of Bronxville, New York; Theeraphat Pothisawang of Nakhon Raichasima, Thailand; Nicholas Sant Foster of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Daniel Turevski of Tarzana, California; Stephen Willis of Lexington, Massachusetts; and Rudolph Xu of Shanghai, China. They join form-mate Quin McElhiney of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who was inducted as a fifth former at last spring’s ceremony.
From the Fifth Form, the new members-elect are James Kelly of Melbourne, Australia; Jared Levine of Newport Beach, California; Jianing Ren of Beijing, China; and Haoqun Zhan of Shanghai, China. Each new member will not only receive the Cum Laude pin and membership certificate but will also be lauded in a tribute from one of the faculty members of the Chapter, a revered tradition in Salisbury’s Induction Ceremony.
- Procter Smith