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Cum Laude Chapel Honors Academic Excellence

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Cum Laude Chapel Honors Academic Excellence

Belmont Hill celebrated its annual Cum Laude Chapel, recognizing the academic achievements of several boys throughout the School. Greg Schneider, Ronald M. Druker ’62 Head of School, described the morning as a time when we pause as a community to celebrate the primary importance of academic excellence. “Belmont Hill is fundamentally a place that is committed to providing all of you with the kind of academic preparation you will need to thrive in college and beyond,” Mr. Schneider stated. “Through the continual pursuit of intellectual excellence, we seek to impart our mission of developing young men of character.” (Listing of all academic recognition can be found at the bottom of the page.)

After several of the scholars were recognized for their achievements, Mr. Schneider introduced the featured speaker. Dr. Lee Levison recently retired as Head of School at the Collegiate School for Boys in New York City. Previously, he was Head of School at Kingswood Oxford School for 14 years. Mr. Bradley is a Kingswood Oxford graduate and Mr. Sullivan attended the school during Dr. Levison’s tenure. He was also Dean of Faculty at Nobles, where he was a teacher and coach for Mr. Schneider, who described Dr. Levison as the most important mentor of his life. Dr. Levison paid tribute to both Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Schneider. “Tim Sullivan’s and Greg Schneider’s intellects, curiosity, determination, kindness, integrity, and hearts set a standard for me in my own life and in my expectations of others.”

Dr. Levison opened by reminding the boys that Cum Laude selection is not based solely on grade point average, but citizenship as well. “Your commitment to excellence inspires your classmates and your teachers,” he said. “What you’ve achieved is not only a result of your hard work and dedication but also to the indefatigable support and encouragement of your family and the ardor of your teachers.”

His talk revolved around the lessons learned from the book “The Craftsman,” by Richard Sennett, which had a significant effect on his professional life. He shared some of the principles outlined in the book and urged the boys to consider them carefully.

You can watch the entire Cum Laude Chapel in the video below.

AP Scholars: scored 3 or higher on 3 or more exams

Form VI
Christopher Aufiero
Luke Carroll
Sebastian Costantini
Liam Horkan
James Kennedy
Gabriel Klug
John Mackey
Charles March
Aaron Matthews
Daniel Rashes
Thomas Romney

Form V
Alexander Lo

AP Scholar with Honor: scored 3.25 on all exams and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams

Form VI
Luke Hogan
Jackson Kendall
Anton Schmitt
Benjamin Trotsky
Aleksander Vasu

AP Scholar w/distinction: granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams and 3 or higher on 5 or more exams

Form VI
Daniel Bittner
Howard Huang
Kevin Jiang
Arec Keomurjian
William Seward
Timothee Simonin
Morris Smith
Lawrence Tang
Middle School Awards - Class of 2024
Awarded to members of Form IV in recognition for their having maintained the highest standards of academic integrity and having evidenced a genuine enthusiasm and devotion to learning, while producing an exceptional level of achievement during their days in the Middle School.
Andrew Bittner
Angus Harrison
Brian Lee
Mark Price
Davin Roy
Aaron Stanger
Luke Trevisan
The Donato Monaco American History Prize
Established in 1986 by Dr. Anthony Monaco and Mary Lou Monaco, whose three sons Peter ‘82, Mark ‘83, and Chris ‘86 attended Belmont Hill. The Prize honors Dr. Monaco’s father Donato Monaco, an Italian immigrant whose mantra was always -- “God Bless America,” and is given annually to that student in the Fifth Form whose major research paper has demonstrated depth of interest, clarity, and high quality of research.
“Leisure and Lessons: The Transformation of Board Games into Mass Media”
 by Morris “Will” Smith '22

“The Triumph of Conservativism: How Ronald Reagan Harnessed a Swelling Conservative Movement to Defeat Jimmy Carter in the Election of 1980”
by Daniel Bittner '22 
Cum Laude
These students are elected by Belmont Hill's Cum Laude committee. Belmont Hill has had a chapter in this prestigious honor society since 1929.
Daniel Bittner
Howard Huang
Kevin Jiang
Arec Keomurjian
William Seward
Lawrence Tang
Benjamin Trotsky

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