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GA Inducts Class of 2020 Members Into Cum Laude Society

Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into Germantown Academy's Cum Laude Society chapter during a special virtual ceremony on Monday, June 9, 2020.

The group recognizes the members of the graduating class who, throughout their Upper School careers, embody the Society's mission to promote excellence, justice, and honor. The Society inducts those students demonstrating a superior academic record in the most rigorous coursework, a deep commitment to integrity and a strong adherence to the GA Honor Code, and a passion for learning both in and out of the classroom.

Head of School Rich Schellhas, who also serves as the President of GA's Cum Laude Society chapter, along with GA Cum Laude Secretary and Director of College Counseling Karen Mason were on hand to induct the new members.

"Cum Laude is the most significant academic honor at Germantown Academy," said Mr. Schellhas. "It is the high school version of Phi Beta Kappa and its ranks are filled with some of the most successful and intellectually adventurous people in the United States. GA is incredibly proud of the following inductees from the Class of 2020."


  • Alexander Browne '20
  • Isabelle Goldstein '20
  • Kenneth Gong '20
  • Anthony Hu '20
  • Jash Kakadia '20
  • Kara McAndrew '20
  • Sabreen Mohammed '20
  • Matthew Sandifer '20
  • Matthew Sender '20
  • Alice Su '20
  • Meaghan Toscano ’20
  • Kerway Tsai '20
  • Alex Yan '20
  • Tiffany Zhong '20


  • Colby Brundin '20
  • Lina Cahill '20
  • J. Fassler '20
  • Jonathan Fineman '20
  • Owen Fitz '20
  • John Karr '20
  • Amanda Li '20
  • Caroline Paik '20
  • Lauren Paynton '20
  • Lindsay Putnam '20
  • Elizabeth Reaume '20
  • Kathryn Sands '20
  • Jakob Friedman Slifker '20
  • Marius Vava '20

In total, GA is permitted to admit up to 20 percent of each graduating class into the hallowed ranks of Cum Laude. Following the junior year, GA admits 10 percent of the class, and then in June of senior year, the faculty admits another 10 percent based on their performance during their final year at GA.