Williston Inducts Ten to Cum Laude

The Williston Northampton School chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 10 members from the Class of 2013 on Friday, January 11 at 8:30 a.m.

The Cum Laude Society, founded in 1906 and modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, honors scholastic achievement in secondary schools.  The society has over 350 chapters, with the majority in independent schools.  In 1921, Williston Academy became a member of the society, followed by Northampton School for Girls in 1951.  In 1971, a new charter was created for The Williston Northampton School.

The following students were inducted in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on the Williston Northampton campus.

Mika Chmielewski (Southampton, MA)
David Fay (South Hadley, MA)
Devon Greenwood (Easthampton)
Emmaline Hing (Easthampton, MA)
Jilly Lim (Williamstown, MA)
Keely Quirk (Easthampton, MA)
Maddison Stemple-Piatt (Hatfield, MA)
Eric Tallman (Longmeadow, MA)
Haoshu Xu (Suzhou, China)
Jiayuan Xu (Beijing, China)

This year’s Cum Laude keynote address was delivered by Allison Arbib (Williston Class of 2003). Ms. Arbib is the raw materials department manager at Amherst-based NGO Verité, which oversees investigations into labor conditions at the base of globalized supply chains, including the cocoa, cotton, and gold markets.  She is a specialist in forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking—with work experience in Indonesia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso.  Ms. Arbib is a 2007 graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

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