Cum Laude Society Inductions
Horace Greeley High School’s official motto is The Lifelong Joy of Learning. Greeley students are inspired and empowered as they consistently engaged in learning experiences that nurture critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving. As a result of this hard work during their time at HGHS, many of our students are recognized for their amazing accomplishments!
At a ceremony on October 29th, 166 seniors at Horace Greeley High School were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, which is an academic recognition program for members of the Senior class based on a set GPA as follows:
Cum Laude 3.8 and higher GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.9 and higher GPA
Summa Cum Laude 4.0 and higher GPA
Cum laude honors are awarded early in the senior year after the completion of six semesters. Any student with a transcript of all 4.0s is awarded the distinction of Valedictory Honors. Students must be enrolled in Greeley for four or more complete semesters to be eligible for cum laude and valedictory honors.
Under the direction of Kathleen Feldman, music was performed by the Greeley Chamber Orchestra, and Science teacher, Dr. John Prignano, delivered this year's Faculty Address.
John began by congratulating to the students, parents, families, friends and teachers gathered to celebrate the many accolades and accomplishments of a very special group of individuals.
Your outstanding achievements to date are the culmination of many years of dedicated work and the collective efforts of a legion of individuals who have contributed to your success in a variety of ways.
John then transitioned his remarks by cautioning against focusing on what lies ahead rather than savoring the moments unfolding in the present. After recounting two experiences in which he missed opportunities to genuinely immerse himself in something he was actively engaged in, he recited the poem entitled, “The Bright Field” by R.S. Thomas.
In my interpretation, the author is telling us that the throughout our lives we will experience milestone moments (be they intellectual [like today], during a career [like a promotion or a career change], personally [like college admission, graduation, marriage, birth, the passing of a loved one, or simply meeting new and different people], and artistically enlightening [like the sound of beautiful music or the beauty of a sculpture].
Some will be glorious and spectacular. Some will mundane. Some will be difficult and more challenging. We must not simply collect these moments and push past them. The imagery of the bright sun shining on the field that is quickly forgotten tells us to savor each experience and be thankful for the opportunity that each event has provided. The poem implies that life passes too quickly. We need to slow down and absorb whatever it is and “smell the roses” if you will.
Sometimes in our haste to be purposeful and effective, we move too quickly and miss the essence of the moment. If it was a positive moment, we lose the opportunity to celebrate it and memorialize it. If it was a negative moment, we lose the opportunity to learn from it and grow. This is not an easy task for some. (Take it from me. It has taken me a long time to understand this simple message. However, slowly over time I have embraced this idea and try to live by it to the best of my ability.) It will require your utmost patience, perseverance and discipline to really begin to live in the moment. Throughout the second half of the poem, Thomas tells us that a full, enriched and rewarding life can only be experienced if we embrace the day for what it has to offer us.
Your destiny will be defined by “the serial collection of experiences just like today only if you are “alive-in” and self-aware of each moment as it occurs”.
John then concluded his remarks:
I encourage you today to begin to “mold your past into your future so that collectively the present becomes more meaningful and eventful to you. In that spirit then I ask that, you acknowledge yourselves for a job well done.
Turn to a neighbor and celebrate. Give them a hug or a high five. Look behind you, find a parent, friend, or relative, and give them a wave, or a wink or a knowing smile so that this memory can be become part of your dynamic destiny which makes each of us special and unique.
Congratulations to one and all for your amazing accomplishments and achievements!
Thank you for listening and enjoy the rest of your moment!
Names in bold are Valedictory Honorees
*Summa Cum Laude
^Magna Cum Laude
Ji Min Yoo*