SAXTONS RIVER -- Salty Pennington-Fitzgerald of Putney was inducted into the Vermont Academy chapter of the Cum Laude Society during VA’s convocation ceremony on Sept. 4.
Salty is entering his senior year at the Academy. He has earned High Honors for all six previous semesters. His efforts have been recognized with the Dartmouth Book Award, The Bausch and Lomb Award from the University of Rochester, the George F. Edmunds Memorial Prize, first place for grade 11 in last year’s all school writing contest, and induction in the National Honor Society. In addition, snowboarding, varsity soccer, and varsity baseball round out his resume.
The society was established in 1906 by Dr. Abram W. Harris of Tome School in Maryland. He envisioned a Society, modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, which would encourage true scholarship. He and his associates believed that chapters should be established only in schools of superior academic quality. Vermont Academy received its charter in 1939.
Presently, there are more than 50 chapters in District I (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont) and more than 400 chapters nationally. Vermont Academy has the only chapter in Vermont. The motto of the Society is Areté, Diké, Timé -- Excellence, Justice, Honor.
In order for a student to be considered for membership in the Cum Laude Society he/she must demonstrate good character, honor, and integrity in