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Excellence, Justice, and Honor Define GA's 28 Cum Laude Inductees

Twenty-eight new members were inducted into Germantown Academy's Cum Laude Society chapter during a special ceremony to kickoff Graduation Week. (SEE PHOTOS)

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 1760, 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 and Head of Upper School Dr. Molly MacKean were on hand to induct the new members. Upper School English Department Chair Michael Ferrier was the featured speaker.

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. Congratulations to the following seniors on earning this amazing accolade!

Inducted in Fall 2023:

  • Anna Amann '24
  • Anthony DiFranco '24
  • Carmela Jenckes '24
  • Ansh Kakadia '24
  • Samantha Kostacos '24
  • Elaine Li '24
  • Isabelle Lieu '24
  • Luke Philip '24
  • Elizabeth Scheid '24
  • Melinda Shen '24
  • Danika Staples '24
  • Andrei Vava '24
  • Angie Wang '24
  • Andrew Zhou '24

Inducted in Spring 2024:

  • Josh Bouchard '24
  • Abigail Durkin '24
  • Emma Goodwin '24
  • Brendan Hodgens '24
  • Will Irons '24
  • Eve Kraynak '24
  • Olivia Krey '24
  • Richard Liao '24
  • Caitlin Luviano '24
  • Lucy McFadden '24
  • Quinn Monaghan '24
  • Nick O'Hara '24
  • Madison Quinter '24
  • Grace Taylor '24