Carmel Valley and Del Mar Bishop’s students earn membership in Cum Laude Society

At a convocation at St. James by-the-Sea Church in La Jolla, Head of School Aimeclaire Roche recognized 27 members of the Class of 2014 as having received membership in the Cum Laude Society.

The students are Brian Anglin of Del Mar, Madeleine Armstrong of La Jolla, Justin Athill of Carmel Valley, Adison Chang of Encinitas, Chelsea Chang of Rancho Penasquitos, Jenny Chen of La Jolla, Brooke Collins of Scripps Ranch, Daniel Forssman of Carmel Valley, Rory French of La Jolla, Colin Garon of Carmel Valley, Matthew Healey of Del Mar, Graham Held of La Jolla, Richard Hicks of Carmel Valley, Steven Hinshaw of Del Mar, Connor Holland of Del Mar, Tina Huang of La Jolla, Kamran Jamil of Rancho Santa Fe, Alexander Kilman of Kensington, Olivia Lafferty of La Jolla, Mark Matten of Carmel Valley, Anna Mischel of La Jolla, Christopher Moorad of La Jolla, Joseph Oh of Sorrento Valley, Erik Schrunk of Poway, Andrew Secondine of La Jolla, Anna Shuster of Encinitas and Jonathan Styrt of Rancho Santa Fe.

Bishop’s juniors and seniors, families of honorees, faculty and staff heard from new society member Jenny Chen ‘14 and alumnus Patrick Hook ’01. Both Jenny and Patrick offered words of wisdom for the students who will be making the transition from high school to college in just a few short months.

In Jenny’s speech to her classmates, she connected her work as an artist starting on a clean canvas to the transitional journey that the students will take in the coming months.

“I think its natural to fear what is uncertain. Because when white can no longer be seen, when it is covered by paint or words or when time simply passes on, then I know that my creation, our creation, has been completed, and that it is real. Commencement is not an ending. I want you to remember, it is, as the name implies, a beginning.”

Patrick discussed his six-month trek across Italy and encouraged students to be disciplined but with a caveat, “Be disciplined, yes, but…if you can strike this balance of discipline and a carefree existence, people will come to respect you for the former, and admire the energy, purpose and joy with which you approach both. But more importantly, you’ll respect and love yourself more…feed a virtuous cycle that leads to ever greater discipline, self-reliance and fulfillment.”

The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 for the purpose of recognizing superior scholarship in independent school students. The founding model was very much like Phi Beta Kappa at the collegiate level, which recognizes and encourages true academic scholarship. Today, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters mostly in the United States; over 350 chapters are in the independent school arena. Bishop’s chapter was founded in 1956. Approximately 4,000 students nationwide will be inducted into the society this year.

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