Cassville announces first class of cum laude system

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

55 graduates earn honors in new system

Graduation ceremonies brought a lot of joy and excitement to 140 graduates and their families, but Cassville schools also inducted the first class for the district into the cum laude academic system.

The Class of 2017 was the first class to be recognized within this system as it was approved by the Board of Education when they were just eighth-graders. The academic system and requirements have to be implemented in a way that allows an incoming freshman class to achieve the same standards, said Jeff Swadley, Cassville High School principal. The requirements were established in 2013 and communicated to all incoming freshmen of the future Class of 2017, and now Cassville High School classes of the future.

The cum laude system recognizes academic excellence. There are three tiers to this system, cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

“I am proud to say that today we have 55 graduates to honor who will be recognized for their academic accomplishments,” said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, as he addressed the students, family and guests of the commencement ceremony. “On behalf of the Cassville R-4 Board of Education, administration and faculty, it is my pleasure to introduce those students who have earned academic recognition within the cum laude system.

“These students have acknowledged their own personal goals and within this academic system, they no longer compete against each other for just 10 individual spots of recognition. The cum laude system and the Cassville R-IV School Board established the academic standards and students maintained their own personal goals of achieving those standards.”

“The opportunity to recognize 55 students for academic excellence is outstanding, and we now get to honor more students and their families for efforts made within academic achievement,” said John Sullivan, board president.

Swadley said the three tiers of achievement within the academic system. Students who completed a minimum of seven successful semesters of high school, earned 25 credits and earned a 3.50 or above GPA are awarded the bronze cum laude medal. Students who completed a minimum of seven successful semesters of high school, earned 25 credits and earned a 3.70 or above GPA are awarded the silver magna cum laude medal. Students who completed eight successful semesters of high school, earned 27 credits, including three specified core electives and earned a 3.90 or above GPA are awarded the gold summa cum laude medal.

Cum laude honorees included: Riley Fletcher, Charlie Seymour, Bailey Periman, Alani Lantz, Debbie Davis, Hope Boston, Destiny Whittenburg, Collin Pearman, Rebeca McKinney, River Phelps, Jet Moua, Jeremiah Hilburn, Jessica Terry, Madeline Mason, Cole York, Caleb Stephens and Alyssa Erwin.

Magna cum laude honorees included: RJ Elliott, Kassandra Graves, Rhandi Pendergraft, Dominique Christy, Brenna Pendergraft, Raegan Brock, Gilbert Medina, Brooklyn Sizemore, Savannah Willis, Addison Perez, Audrey Harrison, Jordan Campbell, Ashley Ray, Austin Sparks, Kyle Ruark, Monsserrat Fierro, Savannah Clere, Savannah Williamson and Alissa Olsen.

Summa cum laude honorees included: Levi Hodge, Olivia Padilla, Kaylyn Bryant, Kandace Wallace, Bailey Hendrix, Anne Sommers, Lindsay Hernandez, Kayla Clancy, Ying Thao, Kaileigh Gorski, Lexie Wilson, Abigail Buntin, Yesenia Rivera, Camille Holman, Chelsey Small, Abby Boyd, Macey Parsons and Mary Hennigan.

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