McDonogh School’s Cum Laude Society welcomed 33 new members from the Classes of 2019 and 2020 during the 58th annual induction ceremony on Friday, April 26. They joined 17 seniors who were inducted in 2018. The national honor society, which recognizes academic achievement grounded in character, honesty, and integrity, is modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa collegiate honor society.
The 16 initiates from the Class of 2019 are Lacey Allee-Press, Michael Ancel, Mateo Aron-Ortiz, Ethan Cherry, Luke DeMartin, William Haskey, Brooke Hollenberger, Grace Kelly, Ian Macdonald, Lukas Michaelson, Sean Nolan, Sam Ryan, Benjamin Simon, Benjamin Smith, Margaux Trexler, and Grace Wright.
The 17 initiates from the Class of 2020 are: Kaleb Assefa, Ethan Bers, Kelsey Cashman, Hannah Dunleavy, Madeleine Green, Caitlin Hoffman, Zain Khan, Surya Khatri, Charles Lockyer, Luke Luo, Isabella Marsh, Charlotte Messaris, Daniel Mulhern, Laya Neelakandan, Kamila Redd, Emily Anne Schuster, and Dylan Wang.
Addressing the initiates, their parents, and the Upper School community at the ceremony was McDonogh parent and trustee Dr. Leigh Ann Curl. She is Chief of Orthopaedics at MedStar Harbor Hospital, the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens, President of the NFL Physicians Society, and Assistant Team Physician for the Baltimore Orioles.
Dr. Curl spoke about her journey from being a sports-loving, A-student who grew up in Pittsburgh; to a collegiate athlete playing basketball for the University of Connecticut; and most recently, to becoming the first female team physician in the NFL. She told the audience that she never had a plan, but with the support of mentors, she pursued what she loved. She explained that when she was questioned about her ability to practice orthopedic medicine, she stayed the course saying, “I loved it too much not to do it.” Competitive by nature, she was not going to be outworked by her male colleagues.
In closing, Dr. Curl shared her Top 10 List of Things She’s Learned Along the Way. They are:
Before leaving the podium, she added one more thing to her list, saying, “It’s possible to grow up a Steelers fan and become a die-hard Ravens fan.”