Record Number of Taft Students Receive Academic Honor

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Sixteen seniors at The Taft School were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a prestigious honor that marks their superior academic achievement. This is a record number of inductees in the fall semester for the school.

Taft School Cum Laude Society Inductees

Sixteen seniors at The Taft School were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a prestigious honor that marks their superior academic achievement. This is a record number of inductees in the fall semester for the school.

Sixteen seniors at The Taft School were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a prestigious honor that marks their superior academic achievement. This is a record number of inductees in the fall semester for the school. Inclusion in the society is based on academic records for both sophomore and junior years. The sixteen students represent the top 8.7% of the class, with weighted averages that ranged from 91.9 to 98.13 for those two years.

Six of the honored students are from local towns. These students are: Margaret Haskell Bogardus (Woodbridge, CT), John McDonald Boyd (Southbury, CT), Jason Daniel Saunders Feinman (Woodbury, CT), Lauren Masha Laifer (New Preston, CT), Michael Carmen Perugini (Wolcott, CT), Nevada Claire Schadler (Litchfield, CT) and Douglas Lee Solomon (Washington, CT). Perugini (Wolcott, CT) was also named the Ranking Scholar for his class, holding the highest unweighted average in his class in 2009-2010.

The full group of Cum Laude inductees includes Kyungsoo (Kris) Bae, Margaret Haskell Bogardus, John McDonald Boyd, Jason Daniel Saunders Feinman, Courtney Spencer Hobgood, Lauren Masha Laifer, Ernest Chi-Wei Lam, Kiran Alexia Mehta, Yeon Joo (Julie) Nam, Michael Carmen Perugini, Nevada Claire Schadler, Douglas Lee Solomon, Julia Chandler Van Sant, Elizabeth Griscom Widing, Christopher C. Y. Yang and Hoi Ki (Chantal) Yuen.

Founded in 1908, the Cum Laude Society is the national scholarship society in secondary schools, corresponding to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi in colleges and scientific schools.

Taft also honored twenty four students who received commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding performance last academic year on the Preliminary Standardized Aptitude Test (PSAT), finishing in the top 3.3% of test takers.

The Taft School is an independent boarding and day school for 588 boys and girls in grades nine through post graduate. Founded in 1890 by Horace Dutton Taft, younger brother of President William Howard Taft, the school moved to Watertown in 1893. More than a century later, its motto of service -- Not to be served but to serve -- remains central to the school’s mission today.

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