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Phi Beta Kappa selects 43 students as new members

Friday, May 17, 2019


MANHATTAN — Forty-three Kansas State University students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society begun in 1776.

Only 10% of American universities have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and fewer than 10% of juniors and seniors are nominated annually. Notable members have included 17 presidents, 40 Supreme Court justices and more than 140 Nobel laureates.

Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa have shown themselves devoted to intellectual pursuits and to the objectives of a liberal education — not merely knowledge but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding and respect for a diversity of informed opinion.

The following students are new members of Phi Beta Kappa at Kansas State University:

Desiree Schippers, senior in English and gerontology, Colby; Rafael Garcia, senior in journalism and mass communications, Emporia; Molly James, junior in English, Eudora.

From Greater Kansas City: Madeline Ames, senior in political science and philosophy, Gardner; Elizabeth Harper, senior in elementary education, and Hannah Sutherland, senior in mass communications and international studies, both from Lenexa; Adrianna Gordey, senior in English, Sharidan Kraljic, junior in English and Spanish, and Jacob Nichols, senior in microbiology, all from Olathe; Meredith Clark, senior in nutritional science, Jordan Devorak, senior in political science and communication studies, and Erin Newkirk, senior in Spanish and psychology, all from Overland Park; Joyce Friedel, senior in English and French, Samantha Goetting, senior in biochemistry, and Carolyn Osbern, senior in social sciences, all from Shawnee; and Randall Willnauer, senior in English, Stilwell.

Caleb Pfeifer, junior in communication studies, Hays; Nichole Nieves, senior in biology, Junction City; Elizabeth Patton, senior in philosophy, Lawrence; Antoinette Bettasso, senior in history, Leavenworth; and Katherine Sundgren, senior in history, Leonardville.

From Manhattan: Christina Griese, junior in chemical engineering; Robert Kobza, senior in political science and economics; Ethan Levin, senior in history and international studies; Caleb Snider, senior in political science; and Victoria Sparkman, senior in political science and international studies.

Emily Wohaska, senior in Spanish, Neodesha; Kade Grafel, junior in economics, Oberlin; Dene Dryden, senior in English, Palco; Elizabeth Hayes, senior in art, Pittsburg; Joshua Ash, senior in history, Preston; Gabriella Doebele, senior in journalism and mass communications, Silver Lake; Jeremiah Shipman, junior in medical biochemistry and Spanish, Topeka; and Coraima Yanez, senior in life sciences, Tribune.

From Wichita: Matthew Burnett, senior in nutritional science; Bethany Chegwidden, senior in communication studies; and Samuel Leyba, senior in philosophy.

Rhett Stratman, senior in economics, Yates Center.

From out of state: Ellery Sedlacek, senior in mass communications, Spanish and international studies, Greeley, Colorado; Bailey Johnson, senior in anthropology, Indianola, Iowa; Mattie Vandel, senior in anthropology, Weston, Missouri; Camille Brown, senior in industrial engineering, Omaha, Nebraska; and Nina Marchell, senior in psychology, College Station, Texas.


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Colby, Emporia, Eudora, Gardner, Hays, Junction City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Leonardville, Manhattan, Neodesha, Oberlin, Olathe, Overland Park, Palco, Pittsburg, Preston, Silver Lake, Topeka, Tribune, Wichita and Yates Center, Kansas; Greeley, Colorado; Indianola, Iowa; Weston, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; and College Station, Texas.