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TASIS Inducts Seven Students to Cum Laude Society Chapter

TASIS High School Academic Dean Dr. Mark Abisi has announced that three seniors—Nensi Hasanbelli, Josh Hassan, and Omar Rahal—and four juniors—Autumn Bachofen, Ben Carlson-Peters, Ben Asher Marconi, and Matteo Rivera—have been inducted to the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter.

Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society aims to promote learning and sound scholarship in secondary schools while recognizing exceptional scholastic achievement. Unlike the National Honor Society, which primarily works with public high schools in North America and strongly considers a student’s leadership, service, and character, the Cum Laude Society places its greatest emphasis on a student’s scholarly contributions to his or her school.

The TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter now totals 32 members. The latest inductees join the 10 students honored in May 2017 when TASIS became the first school in Switzerland to establish a chapter—Charlotte Colombo ’18, Hannah Gage ’17, Kirill Krupenin ’17, Aida Loggiodice ’17, Niccolo McConnell ’17, Adam Novak ’17, Bryan Soh ’18, Laura Vecoli ’17, Maria Vittoria Gallina Bognetti ’17, and Shu Ye ’18—the eight scholars inducted in 2018—Raffaella Alencar Barros ’19, Aurelia Dochnal ’19, Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18, Noah Plues ’18, Zeydan Rahman ’19, Alexander Secilmis ’19, Minjoon Seo ’19, and Mariko Yamada ’19—and the seven students inducted last May: Alessandra Appiani ’20, Airi Barnes ’20 Virginia Italia ’19, Katherine Kelly ’19, Irene Lee ’19, Maria Mastronardi ’20, and Giulia Meregalli ’20.

Cum Laude Society Motto

Excellence, Justice, Honor. Excellence includes the concept of excellence in the moral sense and is not limited to the ideal of superiority and scholarship, nor does it involve the endeavor of competing primarily for academic goals. Justice includes the concept of what is suitable and appropriate, as well as just. Honor includes the concept of dignity and truth, as well as honor.


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