On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Franklin Road Academy celebrated seventeen seniors who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society.
Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. The founders of the society modeled Cum Laude after Phi Beta Kappa and in the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters, approximately two dozen of which are located in public schools and the rest in Independent schools. Membership is predominantly in the United States, but chapters also are located in Canada, England, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
Congratulations to the following seniors on their induction into the society:
Hailey Blahauvietz is the student body vice-president and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. She served as a Turner Fellow with Shower the People and was the Hospitality Chair for the Dance Marathon. Her academic resume shows 16 AP and honors courses. Hailey also served on the Mayor’s Youth Council and is a state qualifying member of the Robotics team. She is still weighing her myriad of college options including Cal Poly and University of California—Santa Cruz where she intends to study Robotic or Electrical Engineering
Kennedy Connell has been on the Head’s List all four years of her high school career while taking 17 AP and Honors classes. She is Co-President of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Distinction (a classification awarded by the College Board). She also won the AP Chemistry Award and served as the captain of the soccer team. Kennedy has been accepted at New York University where she will be enrolling in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, majoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
Ben Dernbach has represented FRA as a Student Ambassador and a Tuner Fellow at the West Nashville Dream Center. He has taken an impressive 18 AP and Honors courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. Ben will be studying Accounting next year in the W.P. Carrey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Harrison Douglass is the Salutatorian for the class of 2022 and the Student Body President. He has won an impressive number of individual course awards including AP Human Geography, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP US History. He has been on the Head’s List for the past 4 years and has taken 16 AP and Honors classes. His honor society memberships include NHS and Tri-M. Harrison will be attending Brown University.
Natalie Gillum has starred in several FRA theatre productions, but she has also shined in the classroom, as well. Growing from Dean’s List her first 2 years to Head’s List for her 11th and 12th grade year, Natalie has taken 12 AP and Honors courses and has collected membership in NHS and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend American University in Washington, D.C. this fall.
Paige Harris has won the AP Scholar Award for the past 3 years, due in no small part to her taking a staggering 21 AP and Honor-level classes at FRA. Her selection as Most Academic Student by her classmates was an easy one. Paige was selected to study with Vanderbilt University’s Program for Talented Youth this year and also served as a Turner Fellow with the Salvation Army. She scored a near perfect 35 on the ACT. As a Student Ambassador, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook, and a captain on the softball and the cheerleading team, Paige has many options for continuing education, including acceptances at George Washington University, Boston University, and Clemson.
Kimi Hashimoto was chosen by the faculty as the Most Outstanding Girl last year. And for good reason. She has taken 16 AP and Honors courses at FRA. She is the vice present of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She served as the social media chair for the National Honor Society and as a Student Ambassador. In addition, last summer she was a Turner Fellow at Barefoot Republic Camp. Kimi’s academic prowess will be seen next fall at Tulane University where she intends to major in Biology on the Pre-Med track.
Brookelynn Hunter has delivered consistently strong work all four years at FRA. She won the French individual class award and was tapped for membership in the National Honor Society. Like many of our inductees, she represented the school in the community as a Turner Fellow with Preston Taylor Ministries. Brookelynn will be going international for her college studies and will enroll at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada next year.
Josiah Jackson has taken 18 AP and Honors level classes during his tenure at FRA. His work in the classroom awarded him the D2-AA Football Scholar Athlete of the Year and yearly placement on the Head’s List. Josiah scored a 4 or 5 in 5 out of 7 AP exams so far. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and will be continuing his academic and athletic career playing football next year at Davidson College.
Ellie Jones has won course awards in both Drama and English and has graced the theatrical stage in a number of productions all while making the Head’s List each year. She has complied a transcript with 16 AP and Honors courses and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Ellie will be enrolling this fall at Chapman University in California, where she intends to major in film production.
Amelia Keese has served as a Student Ambassador and as a Turner Fellow and as the fundraising chair for the National Honor Society. She is a multi-class award winner, bringing home that honor in AP World History, AP Seminar, and Historical-Literary Approaches to Scripture. With 15 AP and Honors classes, Amelia has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship to continue her studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Beau Kirschner is the Valedictorian of this year’s graduating class. He has earned this honor with his work in 18 AP and Honors level courses, winning both the French III Honors, the AP French award, and capturing the Rensselaer Math and Science Award. Beau has been captain of the varsity soccer team and served as a Turner Fellow at Barefoot Republic. Beau will be enrolling at Georgetown University this fall.
Lauren McGinness has only been at FRA for one year, but was still able to undertake 5 AP and Honors courses during her senior year. Prior to FRA, Lauren’s academic work won for her membership in the California Scholarship Federation from 9th through 11th grade. She also received a “highest honors” designation each year at Christian Brothers High School. Lauren is also a member of NHS and is a 4-year varsity volleyball player. Lauren will matriculate to Auburn University next year.
Lily Paris is an accomplished artist and was selected as the Featured Visual Artist at this year’s Evening with the Arts. She also won the Advanced Art III course award last year. Lily’s academic work, however, complements her skill with a paint brush. She is the co-President of the National Honor Society and has worked tirelessly to recruit for and promote the Dance Marathon for the past 3 years. She was the AP English Language course award winner last year and a Turner Fellow this year, serving at the West Nashville Dream Center. Lily plans to take her artistic and academic skills to Rhodes College in Memphis.
Millie Smith—A Student Ambassador, Head’s List, Dean’s List, 11 AP and Honors courses and membership in the National Honor Society. Millie will be taking her grit, intellect, and talents to Depauw University in Indiana where she has been accepted into the Honors College.
Addie Vaughan is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, a captain on the basketball and football cheerleading team, and an Exceptional Learners mentor in our Heart 2 Heart program. She has also contributed every year to the vocal ensemble and musical theatre productions. Addie has a heart for service, with over 150 service hours and is already a Certified Nursing Assistant, so it will come as no surprise that she has been accepted into the Harris College of Nursing and has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship at Texas Christian University.
Sophie Vincent has had an impact on every facet of school life at FRA—athletics, service, arts, and academics. She’s a 4-year member of the varsity soccer team. She was a Turner Fellow last summer at Preston Taylor Ministries. She’s a multi-time performer in various vocal performances. She’s a graduate of Youth Leadership Brentwood and serves as the Hospitality Chair for the National Honor Society. Most impressive, Sophie has balanced all of this while carrying a course load of 18 AP and Honors level classes. She has been awarded the Frost School of Music Presidential Scholarship and will be attending the University of Miami.
We are so proud of each of these students, all their accomplishments, and their leadership on our campus. Congratulations!