Four seniors and three juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, President Matthew Mohler announced at Friday. 

The seniors elected to this national scholastic honor society for high school modeled on the esteemed collegiate honor society Phi Beta Kappa include Alex Grace of Purcellville, VA; Lucy Matz of Coatesville, PA; Marina Shall Cross of New York, NY, and Isabella Zhai of Beijing, China.  Grace will attend the University of Virginia next year while Matz, Shallcross and Zhai are headed to VanderbiltUniversity, Davidson College and the University of California at Berkeley.

Two members of the class — Patia Fann of Purcellville and Charlotte Scharfenberg of Middleburg – were elected to Cum Laude last year as juniors. This year, Lindy Davenport of Berryville, VA, Emily Dietz of Unionville, PA, and Lindsay Woods of Philomont, VA, were accorded that extraordinary honor.

Only students who evidence a genuine interest in the pursuit of knowledge, exhibit outstanding academic integrity and have superior academic records as reflected in their course load, grade point average and other factors, are selected for induction. 

The Foxcroft Chapter of Cum Laude, founded in 1958, is one of more than 375 Cum Laude Society chapters located across the United States, mostly at independent schools.

 Mohler and the other adult members of Cum Laude — Head of School Cathy McGehee and faculty Lindsey Bowser, Steve Matthews, Alex Northrup and Michelle Woodruff — had the difficult task of electing the new members. Membership is limited according by the overall size of the class and other national organization guidelines.

The official ceremony inducting the seven newly–elected members will take place at Commencement in May.

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