Seniors Scott Gibbons, Tallon Hodge, Tommy Kimberlin, Will Maynard, and Ryan McMurchy were inducted to the Cum Laude Society on Thursday, February 21.
Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. In the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters.
The five senior boys joined last spring’s inductees and fellow classmates Will Frauen, Christian Hartch, Hank Michalik, and Cole Pierce.
Kristine Brennan, a Brunswick faculty member of 15 years and Chair of the History Department, gave the keynote address to the audience of Upper School students and faculty.
Brennan’s remarks focused on the study of history — and, why, in particular, she has dedicated the majority of her adult life to its study and teaching.
It can be narrowed down to five essential reasons:
- History is a critical narrative.
- History offers infinite opportunity for exploration.
- History is about self-discovery.
- History is contentious.
- Historical truth does, in fact, exist.
“Human history can seem bleak,” Brennan concluded. “One look at the catastrophes wrought by humans during the course of the early 20th century is all it takes for us to hang our heads in despair.
“Nevertheless, we have increasingly used our reason to enhance the material lives of others and to end conflict and despotism. But it’s through our own human agency that we have done so.
“Thus, history has taught me that humans are not just at the mercy of it. We make it — and we can, indeed, make it better.”