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Congratulations to the 21 seniors from the MKA Class of 2020 who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society, established in 1906, is modeled on the Phi Beta Kappa Collegiate National Honor Society and recognizes the scholastic achievement of secondary school students. It is the highest academic honor bestowed on members of the graduating class.

The induction ceremony was held remotely and shared via video on Tuesday, June 3. After a welcome address from Head of Upper School David Flocco, Headmaster Tom Nammack defined the term, cum laude, and told the students, “At MKA, you graduate ‘with praise’ because of your generous spirit, your positive effect on those around you as well as your developing intellectual power. In a few simple words, we recognize that you help us all to be at our best.” Alumna and Cum Laude Society member Elana Bildner ‘02 spoke to the students as well and shared her understanding of all it takes to earn the achievement of Cum Laude. She said that the pin that students will receive represents “a lot of late nights, a lot of sacrifices, and a lot of challenges.” She exhorted the students to “Bask in all your accomplishments of the last four years…make sure you take the time to celebrate yourself and soak in everything that you accomplished.”

The 2020 inductees are Aedan Brundrett, Alexander Chon, John Colbert, Cristina Cusmai, Harry Davison, Jenna Donaldson, Natalia Eichmann, Yasmin Elmasry, Jaime Fuchs, Nahome Hagos, Meghan Halvey, Tristan Holup, Arianna Jobst, Diana Kazarian, Arnelle Larose, Isabella Liu, Michelle Medawar, Maria Sanchez Gomez-Alvarez, Hunter Smith, Emily Talkow, and Beyer White. View their senior portraits.