Twenty-nine members of the class of 2021 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on Tuesday evening, May 25. Following an introduction by Head of School Kai Bynum, and a history of the Cum Laude Society by Dean of Academics Kristine Waters, guest speaker Lauryn Isford '11 spoke to the students and their families. The Cum Laude Society has the tradition of inviting a Cum Laude member from ten years ago to return to speak to the new inductees. Lauryn shared some of her favorite memories of Hopkins and life lessons learned on the Hill, including losing her bid for Student Council President in her senior year. She shared how these experiences prepared her for college, as well as her career in the tech industry. Please watch the full ceremony in the video below.
Cum Laude Class of 2021:
Evan Alfandre Caroline Asnes Emma Cahill Connor Davis Julia Davis Abigail Fossati Jennifer Gidicsin Clara Goulding Ramey Harper-Mangels Jessica Hensel Warren Jaffee Suraj Kalaria Jack Kealey Julia Kosinski Thomas Lasersohn, Jr. William McCormack Isabel Melchinger Ellen Miller Clay Reiferson Prairie Resch Georgia Rivero Carly Slager Sophie Sonnenfeld Noah Stein Hannah Szabo Ziyun "Victoria" Ye Alexander Yuen David Zhou Ella Zuse
Lauryn Isford '11: Lauryn is a product management leader in the tech industry. Originally from Connecticut, she went to Hopkins School, Class of 2011, where she served on Student Council, competed with the Swim and Water Polo Teams, taught for the Pathfinder Program, and performed improv with Peaches. After graduating Cum Laude, Lauryn attended Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi with a degree in Management Science & Engineering. She went on to work at a variety of technology companies including Dropbox and Blue Bottle Coffee's e-commerce business. Over the past four years, Lauryn has been leading a team within Facebook's connectivity program, Internet.org, to enable free internet access for under-connected communities in emerging markets. Lauryn also is the proud mother of a 6-month old labradoodle named Ollie and lives in San Francisco.