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Top Scholars Get Their Keys as New Members of Phi Beta Kappa

by Bill Giduz

Congratulations to the 63 seniors who were initiated to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society on March 31. Students qualify for admission by achieving a 3.6 or greater grade point average in at least 18 courses, and through demonstration of good character. Phi Beta Kappa is synonymous with excellence in the liberal arts, and membership in the society is considered to be a great honor.

Phi Beta Kapp 2014 Inductees

Elections take place at the beginning of the spring semester and are by ballot of the faculty and staff who are members of the chapter. They may elect no more than 12.5 percent of members of the senior class.

Davidson is one of only 280 colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Davidson chapter (Gamma of North Carolina) was established in 1923. It grew out of the Mimir Society, a local society established in 1915 for the recognition of attainment in scholarship.

A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Charles E. Hughes, said of the fraternity, "Phi Beta Kappa holds aloft the old banner of scholarship, and to the students who have turned aside from the easier paths and by their talent and fidelity have proved themselves to be worthy, it gives the fitting recognition of a special distinction."

2014 Inductees

Nicholas Ambrose Bader
Megan Elizabeth Bannon
Jessica Barnett Barrick
Jenna Nicole Bates
Sarah Elizabeth Bills
Chai Lu Coughlin Bohannan
Sarah C. Bowers
Noah Quinby Bricker
Katherine Louise Burd
Jonathan C. Cox
Nisha J. Crouser
James A. Durling
Julia Newman Ellis
John David Eun
Rebecca Anne Evans
Nicholas W. Evans
Megan Mae Falvey
Ashley Nicole Finger
Margaret F. Forshag
Elizabeth Louise Gammon
Jessica Louise Gerard
Ann Caroline Giornelli
Christopher J. Gorman
Sarah H. Gustafson
Lyla M. Halsted
Sarah Elizabeth Hamilton
Catherine Lindsay Hare
Nicole Rosa Haug
Sawyer J. Hicks
Kathryn M. Hicks
Ellen Whitney Hoober
Anna Elizabeth Ike
Andrew P. Irvine
Nicole Elizabeth Jenkins
Ellen Johnson
Erin Lorette Johnson
Katherine Ruth Marie Kalivoda
James Noyes Keator
Jannat Khan
Emily Kathleen Krall
Emma Lou Krause
Henry M. Lee
Xiaoyun Liu
Colleen Kendall Maher
Margaret A. Mavity
Brites M. Moniz-Soares
James Pierce Mooney IV
Genevieve de la Beaume Nielsen
Christine Morgan Noah
Andrew Pak
Emma Mae Park
Gabriel L. Perlow
Cameron M. Privott
Sarah Helen Ratmeyer Richardson
Eric McLaran Sawyer
Scott R. Sellers
Heather C. Sims
Justin Charles Strickland
Chang Su
Ana B. Suarez
Lauren M. Swany
Phillip Douglas Hardenbergh Wall
John H. Watson