The Cincinnati Country Day School Chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted seven new members from the Class of 1917 at a ceremony Tuesday night. This year's inductees are: Christina Agostino, Anna Beyette, Natalie Choo, Elizabeth Johnson, Michael Masterson, Elizabeth Pease and John Tereck.
Class of 2017 members who were inducted as juniors last year are: Kyle Bannerman, Elizabeth Keller, Nicholas Krammer, Grace Pettengill, Hailey Spaeth, Kenneth Wang and Kevin Yu.
Brock Miller, chapter president, gave the welcome, thanks and introductions. Remarks were made by Kenny Wang and Kevin Yu, Class Scholars of the Class of 2017. Pins were awarded to new inductees, followed by remarks by Head of School Tony Jaccaci.
At CCDS, students are inducted into the society on the basis of their grade point averages, starting at the beginning of sophomore year. For junior inductees, the school takes into account their sophomore and junior GPAs. For seniors, sophomore, junior and first-semester senior GPAs are considered.
Ten percent of a given class is inducted at the end of their junior year at the awards day in June. An additional 10% of the class is inducted at an assembly in February. All of the inductees of a given class are then honored at a dinner in March, where they are given their Cum Laude pins.
The Cum Laude schools represent academic institutions of the highest caliber in the United States. In fact, they represent the top one-tenth of 1 percent of all secondary schools in the U.S. Among the more than 27,000 secondary schools in the U.S, just over 300 have been awarded membership during the past 103 years. Approximately 4,000 students are inducted nationwide each year.
The 14 members of the Cum Laude Society from the Class of 2017 are front, from left, Hailey Spaeth, Christina Agostino, Elizabeth Keller, Grace Pettengill, Elizabeth Pease and Anna Beyette. Second row, from left, are Kyle Bannerman, Kenneth Wang, Natalie Choo, Elizabeth Johnson and Michael Masterson. Third row, from left, are John Tereck, Kevin Yu and Nicholas Krammer.