The Herbert B. Barks Chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 14 new students into membership at a special assembly. Hammond is one of 10 schools in the state honored to have a Cum Laude Society, and the second school in South Carolina to become chartered. The Society is comprised of students meeting rigorous academic standards and leadership qualities, with its mission to recognize academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor.
Members inducted from the Class of 2014 included: Josh Dean Bieger, David Loy Blue, Brittain Anne Harris, Megan Shirley Hooks, William Andrew Moore, Sherry Shu, and Carol Yu. Inductees from the Class of 2015 were Megan Caroline Ballew, Chelsea Chen, Millie Chen, Asantewa Ngozi Franklin, Katherine Quinn Newman, William Hazle Bristow Richards, Frances Louise Sadler, and Edison Zhu.
Lee Holmes ('04) served as this year's induction ceremony speaker. Lee is a graduate of the Berkeley School of Music in Boston and Vanderbilt University where he received his Juris Doctorate. He currently lives in Columbia where he practices law working for Judge Joe Anderson.