Eighteen students initiated into Phi Beta Kappa


Twelve Sewanee seniors and six juniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa on Thursday, April 11, joining the six members of the class of 2013 who were initiated last year as juniors. The initiation at the Kappa Sigma House was followed by a dinner with the other members of the chapter.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most prized honor a college student can receive. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence become eligible for election after completing at least five consecutive semesters. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary; the Sewanee Chapter, Beta of Tennessee, was established in 1926.

Congratulations to Sewanee’s newest members.

Class of 2013 initiates

  • Wallis Elizabeth Ahern, Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Theresa Kathryn Monypeny, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Erin Nicole Brahm, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Christina Caroline Rogers, Moultrie, Ga.
  • Trevor Helms Marquand, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Catherine Cater Thompson, Macon, Ga.
  • Amy Katherine Nystrand, Northfield, Ill.
  • Scott Keenan Ward, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Alisha Danae Brock, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Watson Franklin Hartsoe, Maryville, Tenn.
  • Denton Lee O'Neal, Evergreen, Colo.
  • Ashley Elizabeth Block, Minneapolis, Minn.

Class of 2014 initiates

  • Margaret Hervey Hudson, Paris, Tenn.
  • Benjamin Reza Almassi, Old Hickory, Tenn.
  • Derek Heath Williams, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Margaret Gay Weaver, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Daniel Mathison Williams, Augusta, Ga.
  • Joel Stephen Langham, Bay Minette, Ala.

Members of the class of 2013 who were initiated last year are Sarah Grace Pendergrass, Tamás  Kubik, Jenny Elizabeth Liles, Matthew Aaron Hagler, Pamela Deriquito Guerra, and Eileen Marie Schaeffer.

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