Congratulations to Our Cum Laude Inductees

Seventeen members of the St. Albans Class of 2019 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on May 1, 2019. The society recognizes not only superior scholarly achievement, but also the character qualities of areté (excellence), diké (justice), timé (honor).

Please join us in congratulating these fine young men.
Ian Chang ’19
Jonah Chang ’19
Cameron Chiaramonte ’19    
Chase Daneker ’19
Harrison Grigorian ’19
Nathan Heath ’19
Dan Huynh ’19
Nicholas Irwin ’19
Lawson Karppi ’19
Shiva Khanna Yamamoto ’19
Carl Mauro ’19
Thomas Mazzuchi ’19
Simon Palmore ’19
Matthew Sheets ’19
Robert Shekoyan ’19
Andrew Wu ’19
Mingkai Xu ’19

Dr. Tara Palmore, hospital epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center and mother of Simon ’19, Teddy ’23, and Charlie ’26, delivered the induction address. Describing how British physician Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered Penicillium on a petri dish, Palmore encouraged the students to be “open to luck” and to accept the gift it offers. 

Noted Palmore: “As you launch yourselves into your adult lives, expect things not always to go as you have planned. Expect misfortune, expect chance, expect luck. Remember that you can’t control those things. But you can control what comes next. Whether you are heading toward a career as a conductor or a teacher, an entrepreneur or a medieval historian, an attorney or an infectious diseases physician, or whether you have no clue what you will do with your life, mold spores will land on your petri dishes. Be ready when they do.” Read Dr. Palmore’s speech.
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.