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Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts new members

Friday, May 12, 2017


MANHATTAN — Forty Kansas State University students are the newest members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

The Beta of Kansas Chapter elects undergraduate members in their junior or senior years upon recommendation of a committee. Initiates must have an outstanding academic achievement record and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7. Students also must have two years of foreign language courses; at least one course in mathematics; nine hours in humanities courses, including an upper-level course; nine hours of social sciences courses, including an upper-level course; and nine hours of credit in natural sciences courses, including a lab course. Fewer than 10 percent of juniors and seniors with diverse coursework in the liberal arts and sciences are nominated annually.

Notable Phi Beta Kappa members have included 17 presidents, 39 Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel laureates.

The following students are new members of Phi Beta Kappa:

Mary Wahlmeier, senior in music, Burlington; Brooklyn Lonker, junior in criminology and pre-law, Cheney; Hannah Schauf, senior in medical biochemistry and Spanish, Colwich; Anna Watkins, senior in family studies and human services, Derby; Abigail Basham, junior in psychology, Eureka.

From Greater Kansas City: Tate Gilchrist, senior in biochemistry, Leawood; Melissa Huerter, senior in advertising, and Sierra Lekie, senior in economics and political science, both from Lenexa; David Hunter, senior in biology and pre-medicine, Olathe; Claire Duke, senior in history, Curtis Field, senior in English, Lillian King Hagen, senior in human resources and German, Sarah Knowles, senior in public relations and Spanish, and Emily Moore, senior in English and print journalism, all from Overland Park; and Mary Hellmer, senior in psychology and French, Shawnee.

Navante Peacock, senior in psychology and anthropology, Haysville; Maverick Douglas Mills, senior in biology, Hugoton; Taylor Crawford, senior in geology and music, Hutchinson.

From Manhattan: Justice Kalin, senior in public relations; Faith Rahman, senior in medical biochemistry; John Rogers, senior in history and geography; and Laura Welti, senior in geography, and fisheries, wildlife and conservation and biology.

Allison Ivers, senior in communication sciences and disorders, and Spanish, McPherson; Justin Phemister, senior in English, Milford; Marlaena Gridley, senior in political science, Newton; Allison Walker, senior in secondary education-earth science and geography, Onaga; Krista Wilgers, senior in English, Palmer; Cynthia Bressler, senior in criminology and international studies, Plainville; Lydia Brundage, senior in Spanish, Solomon.

From Wichita: Kiera Brown, senior in psychology and criminology; Matthew Honas, senior in music composition; Madison Paige Obermeyer, junior in print journalism and French; and David Warnky, senior in kinesiology.

From out of state: Alexandra Parr, senior in communication studies and Spanish, Florissant, Missouri; Jack Olsson, senior in civil engineering, Lincoln, Nebraska; Catherine Caffera, senior in political science, public relations and German, Perinton, New York; Tyler Eaves, senior in history; Katherine Boulanger, senior in theater and French, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Megan Sowers, senior in elementary education and French, Richland, Washington.

From out of country: Rodrigo Sanchez Sienra, junior in economics, Lambare, Paraguay.


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Burlington, Cheney, Colwich, Eureka, Haysville, Hutchinson, Hugoton, Leawood, Lenexa, Manhattan, McPherson, Milford, Newton, Olathe, Onaga, Overland Park, Plainville, Shawnee, Solomon and Wichita, Kansas; Florissant, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Perinton, New York; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Richland, Washington.