Penn Charter’s honor society, the Cum Laude Society, inducted 30 students – 22 seniors and eight juniors – on April 23.
The Penn Charter chapter of the national society, established in 1908, celebrates Arete, Dike and Time – Excellence, Justice and Honor.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, rector of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, an Episcopal parish in Chestnut Hill, and previously executive director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County in Trenton, N.J., was the speaker at the Cum Laude Assembly. Kerbel commended all the students for their achievements but advised against letting the values of achievement and competition lead to the “reduction of self.”
He asked, “How are the notions of achievement, advantage and competition becoming hyper-intense in our global world?” and offered a homework assignment to students: “When celebrating your worthy achievement, be sure to balance out your soul,” he said, by writing a letter to the person who called out the best person you could be. In other words, he said, ask yourself, “Who loved you into this moment?”