Editor’s Note: Peter Gunn, history and global studies teacher, presented the following during the Cum Laude Society Induction Ceremony on Friday, January 11.
We gather this morning to honor ten seniors who we will induct into the Cum Laude Society. We celebrate their academic accomplishment and, in so doing, the fundamental mission of the Williston Northampton School. Think of this as the academic counterpart to the Athletic Awards – only for the best of the best.
The Cum Laude Society is a national Honor Society modeled on Phi Beta Kappa. Williston Academy joined the society in 1921. The Northampton School for Girls received its charter in 1951. In 1971 the society granted the merged Williston Northampton School a new charter. Membership into the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic award that Williston Northampton can bestow.