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Academic Honoraries

Students at Lausanne are applauded and recognized for their achievements, and during graduation, we recognize Lynx that have been inducted into honor societies during their academic journey. Descriptions of each society or award are below, along with how to identify those students. 

Honor Societies

Cum Laude Society - Honor Pin on Gold Stole

The student must be in the top 10% of the junior class or the top 20% of the senior class in terms of academic excellence. This will be determined by ranking students according to their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and assessing standardized test scores. Their GPA must be 4.0 or higher.

Students must have a history of taking honors and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses whenever offered unless they were unable to do so because of schedule conflicts.

Students must have demonstrated, in the broadest sense, good character, honor and integrity in every aspect of school life.

At least one full year at Lausanne is required before a student can be considered for membership and students are selected by the faculty members who belong to the Cum Laude Society.

National Honor Society - Gold Cords

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • be a Junior or Senior at Lausanne Collegiate School.
  • have attended the school for one full academic year before being eligible (They had to be enrolled at Lausanne before the previous October of induction).

There are four areas the Lausanne NHS Chapter looks at for determining eligibility for induction:

  • Scholarship:  A cumulative GPA had to be a 3.75 or higher at the beginning of the year of induction to be eligible.
  • Character:  The student cannot have accumulated any SST points at the time of selection (October) to be eligible.  (SST points disappear after one year from time the points are given to a student.)
  • Leadership: A committee of 5 teachers look at resumes to determine leadership qualifications. (As noted in the NHS bylaws, the advisor of our chapter is not involved in the selection of any candidate for induction into NHS.)
  • Service:  The same committee of 5 teachers looks at resumes to determine service qualifications.

International Thespian Society - Dark Blue and Gold Cords

The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre created to honor student achievement in the theatre arts.  Students are inducted once they have successfully been involved with two shows and they earn points for the work they do with the theatre department.  When a student exceeds 60 points,  he or she will be considered an honor thespian.  As the points accumulate students can receive a National Honor Thespian distinction ( over 80 pts) and an International distinction ( over 100 pts).  Thespians will a GPA of 3.5 or higher are given the distinction of being a Thespian Scholar. 

Sigma Society - Light Blue and Gold Cords

Active members of the Lausanne Sigma Society must be at least members of the junior class, must have completed at least five semesters of honors level mathematics with at least four of these semesters completed at Lausanne, must be currently enrolled in an honors level mathematics course and must have accumulated semester grades including the most recent semester grade of A’s in all of their mathematics classes taken in Upper School.

Modern Music Masters Tri-M Honors Society - Pink Cords

Modern Music Masters Tri-M Honor Society is a program of NAfME which focuses on creating future leaders in Music Education and Music Advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians. Each year, students from across all 50 states contribute more than 750,00 service hours to their schools and local communities.

Criteria for induction includes student's demonstration of :

  • Exceptional musicianship, leadership, and service within their school's music department and community.
  • Maintain, at least, a 3.75 GPA.
  • Continued enrollment in a Lausanne music class, music club, or ensemble.

National Art Honor Society - Rainbow Cords

Over a decade ago, Lausanne began its first National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS). We are chapters # 2506 and #500 respectively and registered with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in Reston, Virginia. Lausanne is committed to sustaining our affiliation with the NAEA. With that in mind, Lausanne’s criteria for induction into the chapters of the National Art Honor Societies are strictly adhered to during the review process by a team of faculty members. Our six criteria are listed below. Students are given serious and careful consideration. To determine eligibility, students’ transcripts are first reviewed to see if transcript-based criteria #1 and #5 are met. If so, it is only then that criteria #2, #3, #4, and #6 are reviewed.

We recognize that sometimes students improve their performance, grades, and efforts as they advance in their art studies. Still, they may not be eligible for induction into a National Art Honor Society the current year due to their grades or performance in a previous semester.

Please keep in mind that students are inducted annually, and so we encourage students to put forth their very best effort every day for future honor society consideration.

  • Ongoing excellence in the visual arts, an "A" in 3 or more semesters of art, starting with the most recently completed semester. 9th grade-12th grade performance is reviewed for the National Art Honor Society, to be awarded, upon confirmation by faculty in 10th-12th grades, and 7th grade through 9th grade is reviewed for the National Junior Art Honor Society, to be awarded, upon confirmation by faculty, in 9th grade.
  • Exceptional studio work ethic in accordance with the class curriculum, and self-motivated studio work done without a teacher's prompting in addition to the regular class work
  • Service-related extracurricular activities
  • High moral character
  • Enrollment in Lausanne for at least one year prior to the year of eligibility
  • A sustained commitment to the visual arts

National Chinese Honor Society - Lavender and Purple Cords

National English Honor Society Blue and Gold Cords


  • A student must be a junior or senior with at least four semesters at Lausanne.
  • A student must have maintained 85% or better in English class in each semester of his/her high school career (grades 9-12).
  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • A student must have participated in an English/language arts event (such as WordSmith, Poetry Alive, or similar literary event) or must have been published in the Prism or Lynx Link or must have been recognized as an English scholar (for example: 10th Grade English Award, Creative Writing Award)

Société Honoraire de Français - Blue, White and Red Cords

Aims and Requirements:

The aim of this organization is to stimulate interest in the study of French, to promote higher standards of scholarship, to reward high scholastic attainments, to create enthusiasm for and understanding of francophone culture and civilization, and to promote and perpetuate international friendship with the French-speaking world.

Membership shall be based on scholarship in general and on scholarship in French in particular.

To Be Eligible:

Candidates must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades of high school and be in their 4th semester of French. Exception is made for those who have 9th grade standing and are in the second semester of French 2 or 3 because of extensive Middle School work in French.

Candidates must have maintained an A average in French as determined by the their current semester and the average of their previous academic years. In addition, candidates must have maintained a B average or higher in all other subjects.

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica - Red and Gold Cords

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is an honor society for the students of North American secondary schools who are enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese courses and who have shown through their work and passion a demonstrated interest in the learning of Spanish and Portuguese. Established in 1953, it is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and it is comprised by over 1,700 national and international chapters. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achieving high school students as well as to promote interest in Hispanic and Portuguese studies. Lausanne’s Spanish Honor Society chapter, El Greco, was established in 1986.

To be inducted in the Society, students must have received an A in a language in the three consecutive semesters prior to their induction; they must be currently enrolled in a Spanish class; they must be in tenth grade or above; and must have attended Lausanne for at least one year prior to their induction, unless the student is enrolled in level 3 or above. Additionally, candidates must have shown consistently an excellent character, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty and commitment to the learning of Spanish.

Quill & Scroll - Blue and Gold Cord

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and academics. The organization has a Board of Trustees. It is composed of 9 high school and collegiate journalism educators, and media-related professionals. Day-to-day operations of the Quill and Scroll office are conducted by the executive director and office manager and student part-time employees.

Media advisers in chartered member schools are eligible to recommend outstanding high school journalism students for membership in Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. More than 8,000 high school journalists are inducted into membership of the Honorary Society each year in recognition of their academic and journalistic achievements. The student members are in the top third of their class academically, or have the equivalent of a B average.

To be eligible for a Quill and Scroll school membership, your high school must produce a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, broadcast program or a website. Also eligible are schools with students who are under the supervision of a local news bureau, radio television station or publication. School membership applications are provided by the international office upon request. A Quill and Scroll school membership is granted for the lifetime of the school and there are no annual dues.

Rho Kappa - Blue and White Cords

Here is some info on Rho Kappa, the Social Studies honor society at Lausanne, and the qualifications:

  • Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Through its sponsorship of Rho Kappa, National Council for the Social Studies hopes to encourage an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.
  • It was first established in 2000 by The Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS), an affiliate of the NCSS. Working off of the FCSS initial idea the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) began RHO KAPPA Social Studies Honor Society in 2011. The Lausanne chapter was founded in 2014.
  • Membership in the Lausanne chapter is open to junior and seniors who have taken at least 5 semesters social studies courses at Lausanne and earned an A at the conclusion of each semester.

Science National Honor Society - Purple, Green and Gold Cords

America has been honoring brilliant students through honor societies since 1921. Educators began to notice the need for subject specific honor societies in America’s high schools in the 1980's. Since then, new honor societies have sprung up to recognize and encourage students in such areas as English, Art, French, and Spanish. Until now, there has been no national honor society for Science. In this era of rapidly changing technologies and scientific advancement, it is time to encourage and recognize high school students in the Sciences.

SNHS is a prominent scientific organization that will engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America.

(SNHS is not directly affiliated with the National Honor Society but we do maintain a cordial and professional relationship with that organization.)

Lausanne community Awards 

Over our 90 year history, we've developed the following awards for our seniors as a way to honor and remember members of our community.

Lausanne Heritage Award

This award recognizes Lynx who have been a student at Lausanne from at least 1st Grade to Graduation.

Nelse Rockwood Thompson Award for Community Service

The Nelse Rockwood Thompson Award was first awarded in 1969 and named for a visionary whose intellectual and financial support guided Lausanne during its transition to a boarding school and afterwards its new home on the Massey campus.  The award celebrates Mrs. Thompson’s zeal for and resiliency in supporting a school with students who are open-minded and globally-focused.  In short, students who can “Change the world.” The winner’s name will be engraved on the silver bowl on the table along with the 26 names of past recipients.  The bowl is on permanent display in the Upper School office.

William W. Goodman Award for Student Philanthropy and Service

True philanthropists are servant-leaders: innovators and trailblazers who then inspire others through their actions. William W. Goodman’s gifts of time and talent to Lausanne spanning three decades, including funds to construct the school’s first library next to the Norfleet gymnasium, exemplified these ideals and allowed Lausanne to develop into the world-class college preparatory school that it is today. This year’s William W. Goodman Award for Student Philanthropy and Service, first awarded in 2016, is given to a deserving student who demonstrates many of the core values of a true servant leader and philanthropist – someone who, as a principled thinker, gives, advocates and volunteers – and thus creates positive change for their school, community and world in which they live.

The Edward Jappe Award

Edward Jappe, as president of the Lausanne Board of Trustees during the 1960’s, oversaw the rebirth of Lausanne as it transitioned to a new campus and newly-formed view of itself as an exceptional college preparatory school. He embodied the ideals of the Lausanne Way in every action he took on behalf of the school. First awarded in 1978, the Jappe Award goes to the outstanding senior who best represents these values, including remarkable character, exceptional academic achievement, a confident risk-taker, and a finely-honed and caring sense of responsibility to others.

The Mignon Dunn Award

First awarded in 1983, the Mignon Dunn Award is named in honor of a Lausanne alumna from the class of 1945 and an internationally-acclaimed soprano who has performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera and throughout the world. The award is given each year to a Lausanne senior who has demonstrated discipline, character, talent, and drive in their pursuit of and enthusiasm for the arts.

The Ruth Dickinson Award

This award was first awarded in 1965 and was named for Ruth Dickinson who taught French at Lausanne for nearly 40 years, from 1926 to 1964. It is awarded each year to an outstanding French student.

The Marcia Planchon Award for World Languages,

First awarded in 2016, has been named for Madame Marcia Planchon who retired from Lausanne in 2014 after teaching here for 30 years.

Barbie Burgmeier Award for Excellence in Science

The Barbie Burgmeier Award for Excellence in Science is presented to the senior who has shown exemplary performance in the science classroom during all four years in high school.  This year’s recipient, in addition to taking all three AP sciences, was also instrumental in the success of our robotics program and our strong showing in this year’s Science Bowl.

Mr. & Miss Lausanne

The Mr. and Miss Lausanne recipients were first given during Lausanne’s 12th year, 1938, to Miss Jean Williamson, and has been awarded almost every year since.  The first Mr. Lausanne was awarded to Mr. David Pollack in 1984.  The recipients reflect a long line of outstanding young people whose character, maturity, ability to forge meaningful relationships, and genuine love of learning have provided an outstanding model for generations of Lausanne students.