CSG seniors inducted into the Cum Laude Society
Brittany Westbrook

Kacey Chappelear '98 addresses the 2019 inductees as CSG celebrates their academic achievement. 

Eleven members of Columbus School for Girls’ Class of 2019 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society during an afternoon ceremony in the Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Annabelle Feibel, Sarah Greskovich, Mary Hernon, Eva House, Dana Hungerford, Deena Lang, Clara Livingston, Hannah Lonser, Alison Maniace, Margeaux Rocco, and Sophia Rodriguez were honored before an audience of their classmates, faculty, friends, and family.

“Each of these students has made a commitment to excellence, not just academically, but in all areas during their time at CSG,” said Head of School Jennifer Ciccarelli. “We are proud of their success and anticipate great things as they move on to their selected institutions of higher learning.”

This year’s guest of honor and speaker was Kacey Chappelear ‘98, a federal prosecutor with the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Chappelear is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Ohio State University Law School. Her career includes experience with a large firm, working in a civil legal aid office, and 12 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office in Columbus. During her last six years in the Prosecutor's Office, she was in the Special Victims Unit, where she handled crimes against women and children. In her current position, she prosecutes a range of federal crimes, including child exploitation, drug trafficking, and firearms offenses.

In her remarks, Chappelear delivered congratulations, talked about her successes and failures, and shared several pieces of advice with the soon-to-graduate seniors. “Figure out what you’re good at,” she told them. “Play to your strengths. Don’t worry about other people. And my most important piece of advice: do not strive for perfection. Strive for excellence. Perfection is impossible. Excellence is imminently achievable. ”

The pursuit of excellence at the secondary school level is the hallmark of those elected to join the Cum Laude Society. CSG students and faculty have been among the ranks of the esteemed national organization since 1938. Students in the top 20 percent of their class are eligible for consideration by faculty members of the society. The assembly was followed by a reception in the AJS lobby.  

Founded in 1906, The Cum Laude Society is an international society in secondary schools, corresponding to Phi Beta Kappa in colleges. Students are selected based on academic excellence and for demonstrating good character, honor, and integrity in all aspects of school life. The presence of a Cum Laude chapter at a secondary school is an indication that superior achievement is honored. CSG has had a Cum Laude chapter since 1938. Only 382 Cum Laude chapters are in existence.