Greg Schneider, Ronald M. Druker '62 Head of School, led off Belmont Hill's annual Cum Laude Chapel by describing it as a time when we pause as a community to celebrate the primary importance of academic excellence within our community.
The Chapel began with Mr. Schneider congratulating all boys named to the honor roll from last spring. Following that he announced that a number of Belmont Hill students were recognized by the College Board for their outstanding performances on the PSATs. Belmont Hill has 11 students recognized in this area – 8 as commended students and 3 that have made it to the semi-finalist level in the prestigious National Merit Competition. Students who were named Advanced Placement Scholars were recognized, with 19 boys earning this impressive distinction. The Monaco American History Prize was awarded to Sreetej Digumarthi for his research paper entitled “The Oil Weapon: How the 1973 OAPEC Oil Embargo transformed relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Mr. Schneider then turned his attention to the Middle School Achievement Awards, which are given annually at the beginning of the school year 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.” Then it was time for the Cum Laude awards, which are given to know more than 10 percent of the junior class. This year's Cum Laude scholars were Aaron Belluck, Matthew Britt-Webb, Ryan Cannistraro, Sreetej Digumarthi, Justin Paré, Abraham Tolkoff, Matthew Travaglini, and Charles Wells. All award winners from the Chapel are named at the bottom of this page, and you can watch the entire ceremony in the video at the top of the page.
The keynote speaker is no stranger to Belmont Hill. Dr. Kai Bynum, served from 2007 to 2012 as Belmont Hill's director of community and diversity, and also coached and taught English. He is now the Head of School at Hopkins School in Connecticut. You can hear Dr. Bynum's speech in the video at the top of the page.
Students recognized by the College Board for their outstanding performances on the PSATs.
NATIONAL MERIT RECOGNITION Adam Alto Matthew Britt-Webb Sammy Jomaa Justin Pare Theodore Stoll Abraham Tolkoff Paul Vander Vort Charles Wells
National Merit Semifinalists in 2020 National Merit Competition
Aaron Belluck Sreetej Digumarthi Max Hall
AP Honor Designations AP Scholar
Granted to students who score 3 or higher on three AP Exams.
John Barry Mohammed Dahleh Christiaan Eikeboom Tyler Forg Henry Harrison Howard Huang Michael John Sammy Jomaa Peter Jones Connor Monahan John Mulrenan Morris Smith Lawrence Tang
AP Scholar with Honor
Granted to students who score 3 or higher on four exams or an average of 3.25 on all AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction
Granted to students who score 3 or higher on five or more exams and to those who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken.
Adam Alto Matthew Britt-Webb
Sreetej Diumarthi Justin Paré Abraham Tolkoff Paul Vander Vort Charles Wells
Donato Monaco American History Prize
Middle School Achievement Awards
Michael (Mac) Bobo David Cho Alex Lo Cooper Nelson William Nolan William Rice
Cum Laude Scholars
Aaron Belluck Matthew Britt-Webb Ryan Cannistraro Sreetej Digumarthi Justin Paré Abraham Tolkoff Matthew Travaglini Charles Wells
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