Eight members of the Class of 2018 elected to Phi Beta Kappa

new Phi Beta Kappa members

Eight members of the Class of 2018 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. An initiation ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 6; though initiated this fall, these students were elected on the basis of their standing through their junior year at Sewanee.

The initiation was scheduled during Family Weekend so that the students’ families could attend the ceremony. The initiation in the University Archives was followed by a reception with the members of the chapter and with other faculty members invited by the students.

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:

  • Madison Elizabeth Bunderson, psychology major, Stafford, Virginia
  • Sophie Louise Clark, politics major, Canterbury, UK
  • Davis C. Easley, mathematics and physics major, Dickson, Tennessee
  • Lauren Kelly Newman, ESUS, Bowie, Maryland
  • Zsanett Péter, biology major, Abadszalok, Hungary
  • Remy Rose Rendeiro, English major, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Isaac Montgomery Sligh, English major, Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • Elaina Ruth Wood, English major, Hixson, Tennessee

Additional students in the Class of 2018 will be elected to Phi Beta Kappa and initiated during the second semester. Each year the Sewanee chapter elects approximately 10 percent of the senior class to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent of the class generally is elected at the beginning of the first semester, on the basis of six semesters' work, and additional members are elected after the end of the first semester, and at the conclusion of the second semester.