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Oak Knoll Inducts Twelve Students Into Cum Laude Society

Oak Knoll inducted 12 students into the Cum Laude Society on Monday, April 15. The students represent the top 20 percent of their class. The inductees are, from left to right: Briella Meglio ’14, Alison Ricciardi ’13, Kiera Rosen ’13, Keara Walsh ’13, Caroline McMinn ’13, Caroline Burley ’13, Clare Masucci ’14, Katherine Scott ’14, Nikita Lazaroo ’14, Christine Lenchur ’14, and Regina LoBiondo ’14.

Twelve juniors and seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on April 15 in a ceremony in the Mother Mary Campion Center for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to Caroline Burley '13, Caroline McMinn '13, Meaghan O'Neill '13, Alison Ricciardi '13, Kiera Rosen '13, Keara Walsh '13, Nikita Lazaroo '14, Christine Lenchur '14, Regina LoBiondo '14, Clare Masucci '14, Briella Meglio '14, and Katherine Scott '14.

The Cum Laude Society is a national organization founded to recognize and foster academic excellence in secondary school students. Faculty members maintain each chapter and elect students once a year. The inductees represent the top 20 percent of their class.

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On hand to welcome the students into this prestigious organization was alumnae Andrea Gibbons Hubschmann '02 who served as campus ministry council president her senior year and held the inaugural Service Day at Oak Knoll. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, teach math to sixth graders as part of a New York City teaching fellowship and attend Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where she will graduate from this June.

Hubschmann, who met her husband Brian here in sixth grade, spoke about the sense of family at Oak Knoll and the need to always remember the love and support from the faculty, administrators, and students.

She also said the pursuit of academic excellence means more than memorizing facts and reciting history.

"Information and ideas don't solely exist in books and articles," Hubschmann said. "Academic excellence means expanding the field you are contributing to, creating knowledge.

The charge of the Cum Laude Society is academic achievement, service, and character. But Head of School Timothy J. Saburn said it really is the latter two that are most important.

"Academic achievement without character and without service to a community is empty," said. Saburn.

Co-salutatorians Kelsey Schroeder and Kyla Cordrey also reflected on their time at Oak Knoll and instructed the underclasswomen to enjoy their remaining years and try everything because they have nothing to lose.

"At a place like this, the possibilities are endless," Schroeder said. "You're really going to miss the people who make you, you."

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