SC's Cum Laude Society Inducts 26 New Members

The Sierra Canyon Chapter of the Cum Laude Society welcomed 26 new members at the 11th annual induction ceremony last week.

Proud families joined students, faculty, and administrators to celebrate these scholars' achievements in the Upper Campus Gymnasium, recognizing their hard work and dedication to academic excellence. Stephanie Rubin, Upper School Director, opened the ceremony by delivering a brief history of the Cum Laude Society and its commitment to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. Sierra Canyon has already joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious and well-respected high schools in the world by becoming one of only 31 chapters of the Cum Laude Society in California and of 382 nationwide.

Following the introduction, 2023 inductee Alex B. '24 took the stage to give this year's student address. Alex, a Sierra Canyon Lifer, has demonstrated remarkable talent and dedication in mathematics. From 4th Grade, when he joined the Middle School Math Team, to becoming the captain of the Upper School Varsity Math Team, his journey has been remarkable. Throughout Middle School, Alex played a pivotal role in leading these teams to state-level competitions in MATHCOUNTS and helping Sierra Canyon gain recognition at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Berkeley math competitions. Alex consistently placed in the top 1% nationally on the American Mathematics Competition, qualifying for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination annually and the USA Math Olympiad twice. His dedication to mathematics led him to complete the School's curriculum by 10th Grade, advancing to college-level courses in linear algebra, differential equations, and macroeconomics.

Mr. Noah Salamon, English Department Chair, delivered the faculty address. He challenged students to embrace excellence for its own sake, emphasizing the importance of pursuing passions and learning for personal fulfillment rather than external rewards. Jim Skrumbis, Head of School, joined him in presenting certificates and commemorative pins to inductees who will proudly wear them on their robes during graduation. Following the ceremony, newly inducted members and their families were honored at a luncheon event at the Porter Valley Country Club.

This year's induction includes 13 new members of the Class of 2024 and 13 new members of the Class of 2025.

Class of 2024Class of 2025
Lola B.Gregory E.
Cooper D.Eliza F.
Akasha D.Yincheng "Ethan" G.
Jia Le "Emily" F.Evan K.
Asher G.Hannah L.
Anya J.Ria L.
Kayla M.Hao "Miranda" L.
RJ M.Lucille R.
Nicholas P.Ella S.
Jaeden P.Mallika V.
Youyou X.Katelynn W.
Yifan "Frank" Y.Qinghe "Michael" X.
Jiacheng "George" Z.Qiao "Tiger" Z.

Seniors above joined 13 members of their class inducted as juniors last year:

Class of 2024 (2023 Inductees)
Katie A.
Alex B.
Rose D.
Harrison F.
Krishan L.
Yi L.
Natalia Wanyi L.
Albert L.
Lance M.
Logan M.
Bridgette M.
Dylan O.
Arya S.

Congratulations to the current and newest members of the Sierra Canyon Cum Laude Society. Your academic excellence, character, honor, and integrity embody the hard work and intellectual enthusiasm that keeps the spirit of the Cum Laude Society alive and well at Sierra Canyon.
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.