On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 20 members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Germantown Academy chapter of the Science National Honor Society during a special virtual ceremony.
The newest inductees are Matthew Creighton '20, Isabelle Goldstein '20, Kenneth Gong '20, Anthony Hu '20, Jash Kakadia '20, John Karr '20, Daniel Krausz '20, Sabreen Mohammed '20, Matthew Sandifer '20, Kathryn Sands '20, Vraj Satashia '20, Matthew Sender '20, Jakob Slifker '20, Alice Su '20, Meaghan Toscano '20, Kerway Tsai '20, Marius Vava '20, Alex Yan '20, Tiffany Zhong '20, and Alexander Yang '20.
During the ceremony, students had the tremendous opportunity to hear from GA alumna Dr. Jackie Roth '00. Roth is currently the Molecular Development Assistant Director for Molecular Pathology at Penn Medicine.
To be inducted into the Science National Honor Society, candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have maintained a B+ or better across all honors level and AP science courses. Students are also expected to enroll in an honors level or AP science level course in both their junior and senior years at GA. During their senior year, candidates are required to participate in two or more service opportunities that embrace the concept of sharing knowledge and interest in science with the broader community. Acceptable service options include: Judging the Eighth Grade Science Research Fair, tutoring in the Science Center once a rotation, working with PreK and Kindergarten students as a member of Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) for the year, volunteering as a Green Ambassador, assisting in Lower school science classes, or another science-centered volunteer opportunity that is approved by the chapter advisor.
"This year’s group of inductees represents some of the brightest and most capable students of science at Germantown Academy," said Upper School Science Department Chair Jamie Anderson. "They faced a particularly challenging second semester as the global pandemic forced the switch to virtual education, and they persevered in a way that makes all of us in the science department proud. We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with each of them and look forward to learning of their great accomplishments as they move forward in their academic and professional careers."