Cum Laude Society Welcomes 21 Members of Class of 2019

On Friday, Dr. Dan Rosenblum and Dr. Andrew Sutherland welcomed a group of Nichols School seniors into the Cum Laude Society, recognizing their high scholastic achievements throughout their high school careers.

The inductees are:

Lucas Balbach
Elizabeth Charles
Andrew Darby
Chandra Desai
Najya Fayyaz
Emma Foote
Johnathan Goodloe
Lindsey Haughton
Emma Hawkes
Vivian Hunt
Katelyn Knoll
Jayde Margulis
Tatiana Migdal
Anne Najdzionek
Breanna Nelson
Jed Rifkin
Sarah Rodwin
Nicholas Scott
Alex Shuman
Camryn Warren
Marisa Warren

The society was founded in 1906 by Dr. Abram W. Harris of the Tome School in Maryland to recognize students of exceptional scholarship and good character. Nichols, in 1918, was the thirteenth school to be admitted to membership in the Cum Laude Society.

At Nichols, criteria for admission of students to the Cum Laude Society is based on: Academic excellence; scholarship and love of learning, consistency in performance across the four years, with special attention to achievement in grades 11 and 12, degree of difficulty of course load, and character, honor, and integrity in all aspects of school life.

Dina McCumber Allen '03 served as the 2019 Cum Laude Induction speaker. While at Nichols, Dina excelled both academically and athletically. She played softball, lacrosse, and soccer and was part of a state championship soccer team her sophomore year. While at Nichols, she played hockey for the Oakville Ice of the National Women's Hockey league and won a national championship with the Syracuse Stars. She was also invited to many USA Junior National camps. She was recruited to play hockey at Princeton University where she had a successful career while playing on the same team as other Nichols graduates MK Oakley and Brittany Salmon. More recently, Dina attended UB Law School, got married, started a family, and lived out the dream of refereeing women's hockey games in the 2018 Olympic winter games in South Korea, including working the Bronze medal game.