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St. Luke’s Scholar Named National Cum Laude Society Winner

Three for Three: Carolina Warneryd is St. Luke’s third entry & third win.
St. Luke's alumna Carolina Warneryd ‘19 was selected as the Cum Laude Society’s national winner for her 2019 St. Luke’s STEM Scholars paper: "Engineering a Sanitation Solution for the Guatemala City Dump.”

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The Cum Laude Society has 382 member schools. Each school may submit only one example of an academic paper that embodies "superior scholarship and original thought," and from these, the Society selects one or two national winners annually.

Three for three: Carolina represents the third entry and third win for St. Luke’s. In 2018, Amelia Wyckoff won for her Classical Scholars paper, "Villain or Victim: Sexuality, Gender, and Female Agency in Medea." And in 2014, Sebastian Bates won for his Classical Scholars paper, "A Wolf Among Many Hounds: Poetry, Politics, and Reform in Solon's Athens." Sebastian's paper was also published in Volume 25 of the Concord Review.

“I was really excited to hear that my paper had won the Cum Laude Society Paper Award!” said Warneryd. “I know it wouldn't have been possible without the help I received from my teachers at St. Luke's, and I'm so grateful to them for everything they taught me and for the opportunity to participate in the STEM Scholars program.” Warneryd is continuing her sanitation research as a freshman at MIT and through her work with change: WATER Labs, a company with roots in the MIT D-Lab that has developed an innovative, waterless toilet design.

“For St. Luke's to have three national winners—a win each time we’ve submitted a student’s work—is a powerful testament to the strength of our academic program and the caliber of our faculty,” said Head of Upper School Liz Perry. “I could not be more proud of Carolina, Amelia, and Sebastian—each found their academic voice and used it to make a true contribution to the academic world. I am grateful to the Cum Laude Society for recognizing what an exceptional education looks like at St. Luke's.”

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