Each year, the Capitol Conference hosts an honors banquet for the top honors students from member schools. This year, 7 Lodi students received that honor.
Those students, pictured above, are:
- Melissa Burmeister
- Brandon Grover
- Samantha Mori
- Zach Potter
- Ben Simplot
- Elizabeth TenBarge
- Blaise Zander
Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the banquet wasn’t held, but the students were still recognized for their achievements, and received a plaque and program.
What Was the Honor?
Lodi High School confers honors under a “laude” system. Each of the seven students earned “summa cum laude”–a Latin phrase meaning “with highest honors”. This is earned through both a high GPA, and participation in certain high-level classes. The student’s GPA is multiplied by the number of points accumulated through these advanced classes. This system highlights the student’s ability to successfully compete at the highest academic levels.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.