Hometown Spirit: Brookstone Inducts Students in Cum Laude

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When News Leader Nine visited Brookstone High School, we were lucky enough to take part in the annual Cum Laude induction ceremony. This particular honor means a lot to the school and most importantly, the students.

To be named a member of Cum Laude is one of the highest honors a student can receive.

Cum Laude coordinator Edward Gisselbrecht said, "It recognizes excellence in academic work. The top 20 percent of the senior class are elected to membership in Cum Laude. It is the highest distinction awarded in secondary schools."

Newly inducted Cum Laude member, Samuel Coffin said, "It's the top 20 percent of our class based on GPA so it's to honor our hard work in school."

New members Brad and Blake Bowden added, "I've worked really hard through high school and to finally make it here is really exciting and a big honor."

Just to show how distinct this honor is, Brad and Blake's triplet did not receive membership, "He's smart too, he just didn't quite make it."

Not only are the students beaming, but it reflects highly on Brookstone's academics.

"It's a great honor for us because it recognizes their successes but also the success of the school in a sense that we were able to nurture these students and bring them to the point they are now," said Gisselbrecht.