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10 students inducted into Cum Laude Society
10 students inducted into Cum Laude Society

Five juniors and five seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony during chapel service on May 1.

Students are elected to the Cum Laude Society based on academic achievement and demonstration of good character, honor, and integrity in all aspects of their school life. Selection is limited to the top 10 percent of the junior class and the top 20 percent of the senior class (including those selected the previous year as juniors).

Congratulations to the following students, who each received a certificate and a society pin:

Seniors
Annie Luo
Mia Bennett
Sofie Wang
Victoria Gorum
Emma Bucholtz

Juniors
Grace Deakyne
Candace Wong
Rosemary Lee
Ava Owens
Taylor Ford (not pictured)

Retired English teacher Dr. Gerry Kapolka returned to welcome the students into the society. Following up on the speech he gave last year about the meaning of Santa Catalina's motto, Veritas, he focused on another important aspect of the school's mission: critical thinking. "Critical thinking means thinking for yourself," he said. "[But] what should you use as your touchstone to know that you are thinking and reasoning accurately? Your touchstone should be the pursuit of truth."

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