On Monday, November 6, 32 McCallie School seniors were recognized at Chapel as 2017-18 members of the Cum Laude Society in recognition of academic excellence. These young men were selected to recognize their place in the top 20 percent of the senior class as measured by cumulative GPA in their Upper School courses at McCallie.
McCallie School’s Cum Laude chapter is the oldest in Tennessee and has been active since 1952. Director of College Counseling Jeff Kurtzman recited the names this year’s inductees after Bible teacher Rev. Ed. Snow spoke to the student body about the importance of education and learning during a special ceremony in Chapel.
The newest members of Cum Laude at McCallie are:
- Kaan Alp, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Sam Bennett, Brookhaven, Ga.
- Garrison Brock, Lookout Mtn., Tenn.
- David Carroll, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Andrew Cook, Birmingham, Ala.
- Nate DeStefano, Brookfield, Wis.
- Chris Duncan, Lookout Mtn., Tenn.
- Aidan Foley, Lookout Mtn., Ga.
- Alexander Free, Cleveland, Tenn.
- Chase Gaume, Cape Coral, Fla.
- Cooper Hayes, Lookout Mtn., Ga.
- Jamie Hickling, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Scott Hill, Lookout Mtn., Tenn.
- Mac Hunt, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Jack Jestus, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Andrew Landsbergen, Winston Salem, N.C.
- Gavin LaPlace, Baton Rouge, La.
- Allen Liu, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Nick Loeb, Memphis, Tenn.
- Sawyer Lyons, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Griffin McCloy, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Sultan Minhas, Tunnel Hill, Ga.
- Ahmad Nisar, Dalton, Ga.
- Patrick Ramey, Lookout Mtn., Tenn.
- Bruce Renner, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Joseph Richard, Ringgold, Ga.
- Jackson Shell, Dunlap, Tenn.
- Ross Stitts, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Arthur Sung, Gangnam-Gu, Republic of Korea
- Ivan Yu, Shenyang, China
- Aaron Zhang, Beijing, China
- Albert Zheng, Hangzhou, China
Only a student’s work at McCallie is considered for determining eligibility for Cum Laude, and a student must have been at McCallie for at least one full year.
The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 in order to recognize scholastic achievement at the secondary school level by establishing a society modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the college academic honor society. It now includes 368 chapters, 25 of them in public schools and 343 in independent schools.