On Thursday, April 21, seventeen members of Athens Academy’s Class of 2022 were inducted into the prestigious Cum Laude Society in recognition of their commitment to superior scholastic achievement throughout Upper School. The eleventh annual Cabaniss Lecture, which preceded the ceremony, was given by Mr. Michael Lai, staff software engineer for Google and a member of Athens Academy’s Class of 2010.
As the secondary school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, The Cum Laude Society recognizes superior academic achievement and sound character. Congratulations to inductees Imana Adogu, Oliver Carrigan, Brooks Chisolm, Taylor Dorsey, Steven Holder, Daniel Huang, Mae Kline, Ethan Markewitz, Elizabeth Marx, Davis McLanahan, Kathryn Nichols, Ingrid Nilsson, Jane Ann Raeber, Lexi Sennowitz, Davis Slate, Will Warner, and Oliver Yates.
These students represent some of Athens Academy’s best and brightest. They are leaders, athletes, artists, actors, volunteers, and more. This fall they will attend the University of Georgia, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and more.
“We are delighted for these wonderful students and their families,” says Head of School John Thorsen. “Their hard work has paid off, and they are deserving of this recognition. They have touched our community in countless ways during their tenure, and we are proud of each of them.”
In 1988, Athens Academy became only the seventh school in Georgia to be chartered as a chapter of The Cum Laude Society. There are currently only eleven chapters in the state. An annual highlight at Athens Academy, the induction ceremony is preceded by a lecture on the lifetime pursuit of scholarship and integrity.
In April 2011, the Athens Academy Board of Trustees formally named the Cum Laude lecture The Cabaniss Lecture to honor Dr. Harvey Cabaniss, a longtime supporter and founding trustee. The first Cabaniss Lecture was held on April 27, 2011, where Dr. Cabaniss was recognized for his service to the school.