Fourteen Sewanee seniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa on Monday, Feb. 20, joining the eight members of the class of 2017 who were initiated in the fall. The initiation in University Archives was followed by a reception and dinner with the other members of the chapter, hosted by John and Bonnie McCardell at Chen Hall. Family members and faculty mentors invited by the initiates also joined the celebration.
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:
Anne Barry Adams, San Antonio, Texas
Claire Linnea Burgess, Nashville, Tennessee
Martha Overton Dinwiddie, Knoxville, Tennessee
Maren Augusta Louttit Johnson, Tallahassee, Florida
Kathleen Ann Kull, Asheville, North Carolina
Zack Fox Loehle, Decatur, Georgia
Mark Overton McAlister, Charlotte, North Carolina
Benjamin Andrew McKenzie, Springville, Alabama
Jennifer Ashley Merriman, Austin, Texas
Nathaniel Richard Nelson, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Duncan Scott Pearce, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lucas Charles Peglau, Madison, New Jersey
Virag Imola Turcsan, Debrecen, Hungary
Christian Nicole Whittemore, Cleveland, Tennessee
Members of the class of 2017 who were initiated in October are Hayden Byrd, Grace Gibson, Meaghan Gray, Tran Ly, Samantha Meyer, Henry Person, Courtney Saunders, and Harang (Chris) Song.
Additional scholars from the Class of 2017 will be elected to Phi Beta Kappa and initiated during Commencement weekend.