First Group of Cum Laude Seniors Announced

Friday, November 6, 2020
Top row (L-R): Ryan Bland, Kevin Chen, Stanley Fang, Dylan Gantt. Second row: Minsoo Jung, Elizabeth Kendrick, Alexa Marsh, Dalila Melkumova. Third row: Krysten Nguyen, Sarah Noorbakhsh, Brandon Ryu,  Lian Wang.

Mercersburg Academy has announced the first 12 members of its Class of 2021 to be chosen for induction into the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society, which recognizes the highest level of academic achievement within the school.

Mercersburg is one of 382 secondary schools across the country with a Cum Laude Society chapter. Students were notified of their acceptance into the chapter on November 2. 

The group of students chosen for membership in Cum Laude are:

Ryan Bland ’21 of Greencastle, PA
Kevin Chen ’21 of Shanghai, China
Stanley Fang ’21 of Hong Kong, China
Dylan Gantt ’21 of Atlanta, GA
Minsoo Jung ’21 of Busan, South Korea
Elizabeth Kendrick ’21 of Big Sky, MT
Alexa Marsh ’21 of Fairfax, VA
Dalila Melkumova ’21 of Moscow, Russia
Krysten Nguyen ’21 of Hanoi, Vietnam
Sarah Noorbakhsh ’21 of Vienna, WV
Brandon Ryu ’21 of Seoul, South Korea
Lian Wang ’21 of Hong Kong, China

“The motto of Cum Laude is ‘Arete, Dike, Time’—which translates to ‘excellence, justice, and honor’—and these students model for our school the very highest level of achievement in our classrooms,” Maurer said. 

The second group of Cum Laude inductees from the Class of 2021 will be announced during the spring term.

Cum Laude honorees are elected as seniors by faculty members of Mercersburg’s Cum Laude chapter in recognition of excellence in academic work. The Cum Laude Society, which was founded in 1906, is billed as the secondary-school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.