membership a St. Johns teacher whose admirable contributions to the school's academic program and whose devotion to teaching warrant his or her induction into this exclusive society. This year the Society is honored to induct Fine Arts Department Head and art teacher Tamara Culbert. Mrs. Culbert was a member of the Cum Laude Society in high school and a Phi Beta Kappa at Northwestern.
Cum Laude Society is a national organization whose purpose is to accord recognition for outstanding scholastic achievement. The first chapter was established in 1906 at the Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland by Dr. Abram W. Harris. Dr. Harris envisioned a Society, modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and most respected college honors organization in the United States.
One hundred and four years later the Cum Laude Society includes 344 chapters nation-wide. One of only 13 chapters in the state of Florida, the St. Johns Chapter of the Cum Laude Society was formed in 1959, and was the first chapter established in the state.
Each year the current student chapter member with the best academic record is appointed chapter president. This year's president is Mike Patterson. Current student members of the St. Johns Chapter are seniors Annie Bobbitt, Lynn Killea, Ishaan Madhok, and Taylor West.