the Academic Honor Code and Honor Council
We are pleased to report that RHS has welcomed the Academic Honor Code, first adopted in 2007 -- and now we're having contact with more schools who share our interest in promoting academic integrity. We believe that aspiration toward honor is extremely valuable within our school and across the society at large. We're happy to pass along anything we have gained from the schools that inspired us, especially if it relates to the academic integrity that we all try to serve.A Little History: Honor Council and Code at RHS, 2007 to the Present!OCTOBER '17: Volunteers from 10th through 12th grade, including the members of the Honor Council, visited 9th grade homerooms to introduce the new members of our high school community to the expectations of the Academic Honor Code. This was the 10th year of Honor Code training here at RHS. Thank you to the 30 student Trainers, and to the 9th graders and homeroom teachers who participated in the discussions.JUNE '17: Congratulations to the more than thirty nominees who were voted on by their classmates in the annual Honor Council election.
The winners who will serve on the Council for '17-18 are:
Class of '18: Addie Cairns, Drew Doughan, Megs PackerClass of '19: Nazim Duran, Joey PevnerClass of '20: Anna Maria Iaramboykov, Ryan OliverMAY '17: Thanks to Mr. Stango and the administration, every classroom has been supplied with an Academic Honor Code poster. As our Code is an aspirational Code, it is valuable and positive to have reminders posted around the building, as part of the ongoing campaign to emphasize the values we at RHS stand for. The Honor Council was pleased to be able to be involved in the promotion of these values across our community.
DECEMBER '16: For the ninth year, RHS upperclassmen and -women visited 9th grade homerooms to introduce and welcome the new members of our high school community to the Academic Honor Code. Thank you to the 30 RHS student Trainers, and to the 9th graders and homeroom teachers who participated in the discussions.One week later, the Honor Council hosted (with dessert!) the first of our two annual Brown Bag Lunches, on the topic of Where should the line be drawn between Collaboration and Cheating? The two sessions (A and C lunch) to start this crucial conversation were attended by approximately forty students plus several faculty members. We hope to build on the momentum with several more events during the winter and into the spring.Thanks also to RTSD's Communications Department for this report on the events, which includes many pictures!
OCTOBER '16: Neal, Drew, and Megs, the three junior members of the Honor Council, attended the 2nd annual Valley Forge Military Academy & College Leadership and Ethics Conference along with representatives from almost twenty other schools (and Mr. Rosin). Intense discussions about honor and integrity -- with students from other public schools, private schools, military schools, JROTC programs -- covered a lot of ground. We hope to build on the relationships we developed during this excellent conference sponsored by our neighbors at VFMA&C.
JUNE '16: Congratulations to the twenty nominees who were voted on by their classmates in the annual Honor Council election. Due to a lack of nominees in the class of '19, the seven students are made up only of members of the classes of '17 (4) and '18 (3), instead of the usual 3-2-2 arrangement. We look forward to having members of the classes of '19 and '20 join our events next fall and into the future.
The winners who will serve on the Council for '16-17 are:
Class of '17: Owen Braithwaite, Alec Escobar, Alna Hofmeyr, Jessica PevnerClass of '18: Neal Chan, Drew Doughan, Megs Packer
Class of '16: Andrew Ciatto, Pat Scheri, Alex TewksburyClass of '17: Erin Brown, Jessica PevnerClass of '18: Assal Nasir, Sarah VizzeswarapuJANUARY '15: Thank you to the nearly 30 upperclassmen and upperclasswomen who helped to introduce our 9th graders to the Academic Honor Code. We are grateful for the leadership of our Honor Code Trainers, and appreciative for the attention and thoughtfulness of the class of 2018 in our small group discussions.
Class of '15: Brendan Bernicker, Santiago Restrepo, Jacob RhodeClass of '16: Andrew Ciatto, Patrick ScheriClass of '17: Erin Brown, Jessica PevnerJUNE '14: Our second Brown Bag Lunch of the year was on the topic "What can teachers do to encourage/engender greater integrity in the classroom" -- after all, our Academic Honor Code articulates expectations not only for students but also for faculty (and administrators and parents). Honor for the community, not merely for the students! We thank the twenty students who participated in the discussion; we'll be compiling the feedback and passing it along to the administrators, and sharing it with the faculty.FEBRUARY '14: Haverford Honor Conference is on its way -- after a detour due to snow -- on February 27. We plan to make our 5th appearance this year!JANUARY '14: Training for the fifteen 9th grade homerooms was possible thanks to the efforts of 32 Honor Code Trainers, representing the classes of 2014 (17 Trainers), 2015 (5), and 2016 (11). We are grateful to all the Trainers for their leadership.DECEMBER '13: They haven't all shown up here on the HC feed, but the twice-yearly Brown Bag lunches continue to draw strong attendance and engagement. This month's topic was "Should high school ethics affect college admission?" Thank you to the twenty-five students -- 9th through 12th grade -- who joined the conversation.JUNE '13: Congratulations to the two dozen nominees who were voted on by their classmates in the annual Honor Council election. The winners who will serve on the Council for '13-14 are:
Class of '14: Addison Hanson, Brady Press, Izzy SchaeferClass of '15: Brendan Bernicker, Jacob RhodeClass of '16: Josie Larkin, Mikaela UricheckAPRIL '13: With Stephen leading the way as presenter of the RHS model, we were the lone public school representative at the always excellent Haverford School Honor Conference.
SEPTEMBER '12: We look forward to elections for the new Honor Council, and our continued affiliation with groups like Radnor Challenge and SpeakUp! We are all proud of RHS's commitment to positive community spirit and strong character.
MAY '12: Our juniors and sophomores represented RHS again at the Haverford Honor Conference.
JUNE '11: Congratulations to the newly-elected student members of the Honor Council for 2011-12! Chosen by their peers from among an OUTSTANDING slate of candidates are:Class of 2012: Greer Howard, Paul Somboonsong, Mike StavrakosClass of 2013: Stephen Rhode, Griffin UngerClass of 2014: Brady Press, Lucy BaleMore than twenty other impressive candidates also vied for these posts, and all received great respect and support from the voters. We look forward to having all of these outstanding candidates represent the Academic Honor Code in September when the time comes to introduce the ideas of academic integrity to the members of the class of 2015!Note: Annabel Susanin won a spot in the Honor Council and served admirably until midyear, when we were sorry to lose her to a transfer to private school. Lucy, first runner-up among more than a dozen other members of the class of '14, stepped in and did a terrific job.JUNE '11: The candidates for Honor Council 2011-12 have been posted! See candidate statements, here or in the glass case outside room 115. Elections will be held on Thursday morning, June 9 -- current 9th graders will vote to elect two members from the class of 2014, current 10th graders will vote to elect two members from the class of 2013, and current 11th graders will vote to elect three members from the class of 2012.MAY '11: We were again honored to be invited to the Haverford School Honor Conference, where we were again the only public school in attendance (along with the Haverford School, Agnes Irwin, Notre Dame, Friends' Central, St. Joseph's Prep, among others). RHS Honor Council members Jeremy Kim and Antonio Lopez explained our honor code and council to the almost 100 assembled students, and then they and fellow Honor Council members Paul Somboonsong, Ashley Bennett, and Stephen Rhode participated in breakout discussion groups.MARCH '11: Our annual tradition of Brown Bag lunch discussions welcomed Rachel's Challenge to RHS, as we took a mid-year look at how Rachel's Challenge has changed our culture, how it hasn't, how it can, and how it might. Thanks to all who participated, and enjoyed desserts (courtesy of Honor Council members).JANUARY '11: "Treat yourself, don't cheat yourself!" returned to the halls during midterm exams, as Honor Council members handed out candy to their exam-taking peers. Many thanks to Beethoven Wraps and the other local businesses who generously donated treats to reward us all for abiding by the codes of Honesty, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility.JUNE '10: We are pleased to congratulate the winners of the student election for the 2009-10 Honor Council. These seven students were selected by their classmates to represent RHS through the Honor Council:Class of 2011: Victoria David, Kyle Furtaw, Jeremy KimClass of 2012: Antonio Lopez, Paul SomboonsongClass of 2013: Ashley Bennett, Stephen RhodeEleven other excellent candidates also vied for these posts, and all received many votes. We thank and honor all eighteen students. We look forward to having all eighteen of these fine young people help next fall when the time comes to introduce the Academic Honor Code to a new group of Radnor freshmen.JANUARY '10: For the second time in two years, Radnor midterm-takers were exhorted to "Treat yourself, don't cheat yourself!" by Honor Council members handing out candy in the auditorium hallway. Many thanks to Beethoven Wraps and the other local individuals and businesses who generously donated treats. Thank you all for promoting honor in our community.JANUARY '10: A gracious and hardworking film crew from Nickelodeon's NickNews With Linda Ellerbee spent a long but enjoyable day with the Honor Council and many other Radnor students, learning about how we address issues of honor. It was slated to be one of the last segments in a half-hour NickNews (airtime in March) but Nick ended up changing their focus and omitting the segment on Honor Councils. Still, the filming received front-page coverage from the Suburban Main Line Life, with Suburban reporting from Radnor grad Caroline Goldstein '09. NickNews focused on sophomores Paul Somboonsong and Antonio Lopez, and freshman Steven R.
OCTOBER '09: Victoria David '11 and Antonio Lopez '12 joined Mrs. Pumarada in Arlington, VA, to represent RHS at the national Character Education Partnership (CEP) Forum, our second time on a CEP panel. Victoria and Antonio report that it was a great experience, and that some of Radnor's ideas -- like "Treat Not Cheat" and the Brown Bag Lunches -- were very enthusiastically received by the crowd. Hundreds attend this annual conference.
APRIL '09: We are pleased to congratulate the winners of the student election for the 2009-10 Honor Council. These seven students were selected by their classmates to represent RHS through the Honor Council:Class of 2010: Maura Church, Stacy Dillahey, Eric GreeneClass of 2011: Victoria David, Kyle FurtawClass of 2012: Antonio Lopez, Paul SomboonsongAPRIL '09: Thanks to Mr. Schellenger, our newly-elected Honor Council and veterans of last year's Council headed to Haverford to participate in the Haverford School's conference on Academic Integrity. Blake Middendorf '09, Maura Church '10, Stacy Dillahey '10, Alex Dubin '10, Eric Greene '10, and Antonio Lopez '12 were joined by Mr. Schellenger and Mr. Rosin on the trip, where Radnor was the only public school represented -- and possibly the only public school ever to attend in the five-year history of the event!Maura spoke to the aggregated students -- representing the Honor Councils of eight or ten area schools -- on behalf of the RHS contingent, and each Radnor council member participated in a small-group seminar with students from those schools. The entire group joined the rest of the Haverford Upper School for a very informative presentation and Q&A session with a Rutgers University scholar who has studied honor and Honor Codes at high schools and colleges around the nation.We thank Haverford School headmaster Dr. Joseph Cox for the invitation and the Haverford School Honor Council for organizing the impressive and inspiring conference.MARCH '09: More than forty students participated in our second Brown Bag Lunch series of the year -- on the topic of "Academic Integrity Before and After High School". At the end of March, our annual election will be held for the 2009-10 Honor Council. Seven students will be selected from a strong slate of nominees whose "position papers" on What Honor Means To Me will be posted at this website. We will have three representatives from the class of '10, and two each from '11 and '12.OCTOBER '08: Maura Church '10 joined Mrs. Hoover in Washington, D.C. to represent RHS at the national Character Education Partnership (CEP) Forum, Maura served as a panelist, helping to advise the dozens of attending schools on the ups and downs of developing an honor code. Interesting note: Radnor is unusual if not unique among attendees for having developed our Academic Honor Code with input from the students and community instead of simply gathering ideas from administration and faculty.We receive prominent placement on the website of CEP Forum sponsor, the School for Ethical Education. See that and other recourses here: http://www.ethicsed.org/programs/integrity-works/resources.htm.Congratulations, Maura and RHS, for this honor!JUNE '08: We are sad to note the departure from Radnor of Mrs. Laura Hoover, who in many ways was the driving force behind the development of our Honor code and council. Mrs. Hoover and her family have moved to North Carolina, as her husband fulfills his commitment to the U.S. Military. We hope to have her back one day, but in the meantime we thank her for her amazing contributions and wish her well in whatever endeavors she pursues.Before the school year ended, the teachers selected their representatives to the Honor Council (the student members of the Council were elected in March '08 -- see below for the article). The teachers on the '08-09 Council are Mrs. Christine Pumarada, Mrs. Sharon Reardon, Mr. Carl Rosin, and we welcome new member Mr. Tom Ryan.JUNE '08: Thanks to an idea from and the recruiting efforts of new Honor Council member Victoria David '11, we sponsor a candy give-away during Finals to keep students thinking of Treating not Cheating. All of the Honor Council members work hard to make sure everyone's Finals are a little sweeter -- and as honorable as possible.MAY '08: We put the Honor Code through its paces in the annual Open Discussion period. From May 1 to May 15, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members were able to comment on the Code to help get it ready for next year and beyond. May 7 was the big day: during the school day, students and teachers and administrators were given the opportunity to speak up during Brown Bag Lunches (held during all three lunch periods in the teacher lunchroom, with desserts provided!), and during that evening the PTSA graciously offered to host the open community discussion. Parents and other community members attended the PTSA meeting in the RHS library, and we heard good ideas, commentary, and support.Thank you in advance for any input you will be contributing to this essential process. If you cannot attend one of the lunches or meetings, you can email your thoughts to Mr. Rosin or one of the members of the Honor Council, as always.Another big May event was our Honor Council's field trip May 2 to the Penn Ethics Conference. We met with representatives from other schools, and heard the keynote address from Professor Tara Radin, who herself played such a positive role in helping our Council and Code get started in the fall of 2007.APRIL '08: Congratulations and thanks to Leah Donnella '09, winner of the inaugural (and we hope annual) essay contest. Her essay on the topic "How cheating has affected me" is published here and was in the May edition of The Radnorite, and we hope to see it in print elsewhere as well.MARCH '08: We are thrilled to welcome a terrific contingent of new Honor Council members! These three juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen were elected by their classmates after a candidacy period during which they and the other impressive nominees spoke at a Brown-Bag Lunch and had position essays published in The Radnorite. They are:
Thanks to The Radnorite, Mrs. Lynam, and editor-in-chief Sarah Verbofsky, for your help in this important process.FEBRUARY '08: While we are sad to note the departure of teacher and Honor Council member Kate Kunda, we are happy to announce that Chrissy Pumarada, teacher of Latin, has taken Sra. Kunda's seat on the Honor Council. Welcome, Maestra Pumarada!JANUARY '08: For exam period, the Honor Council developed and distributed a small pamphlet that is designed to help students master this stressful time of the year by making good choices. Click here to see this Guide to Midterms pamphlet.DECEMBER '07: Congratulations and thanks to Maria Evans '09 and Maura Church '10, winners of the inaugural logo and slogan contests. We received more than thirty submissions in all. The winning design is shown at the top of this page.SEPTEMBER '07: The initial Honor Council members begin their senior year by leading 21 seniors who visit all RHS homerooms to introduce the new Academic Honor Code. Congratulations and thanks to the inaugural Honor Council students, who not only lead us this year but were instrumental in developing the Academic Honor Code last spring and getting it approved by the School Board over the summer:
Bob DiSerafino '09
Maria Evans '09
Blake Middendorf '09
Maura Church '10
Alex Dubin '10
Victoria David '11
Kyle Furtaw '11
Anna Louise Caragee '08
Nick Finger '08
Charles Smith '08
Sara Spector '08
Annie Kramer '08 (alternate)
Pat McNally '08 (alternate)