Jun 24, 2021 11:36 AM

Local, area students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at KU

Posted Jun 24, 2021 11:36 AM

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society recently initiated 153 new members in a joint ceremony for 2020 and 2021.

David Slusky, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and associate professor of economics, presided at the virtual ceremony in May. The national secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa, Frederick Lawrence, was a guest speaker. Jennifer Harrison, vice president of the chapter and director of the Business Leadership Program and the Jack Dicus Business Honors Program; Dietrich Earnhart, professor of economics and chapter historian, and Anne Wallen, secretary-treasurer and director of the Office of Fellowships, welcomed and congratulated the new initiates. Students received certificates and signed the register by appointment to allow for social distancing.

Sarah Crawford-Parker, director of the University Honors Program, was inducted as an honorary member of the chapter and gave an address on the value of the liberal arts and sciences.

Sam Steuart, a 2020 graduate and 2019 inductee, and Laura Phillips, a 2021 graduate and 2020 inductee, gave the student responses on the Phi Beta Kappa value of friendship.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high academic achievement while pursuing a broad and substantive liberal arts curriculum. To be eligible for consideration for membership, students must be graduating seniors with a minimum grade-point average of 3.65 on a 4.0 scale, or be juniors with a minimum 3.9. Anonymous transcripts of candidates are reviewed holistically by a committee of Phi Beta Kappa faculty and staff members. For 2020, 47 seniors and 20 juniors were initiated. For 2021, 58 seniors and 28 juniors were initiated.

Elected members from Kansas are listed below. There may be multiple initiates from your coverage area. A complete list of new members is available online.

Seniors 2021

Karla Arana Vasquez, Pittsburg

Ilexa Axelrod, Overland Park

Taelyr Blehm, Russell

Jessica Blom, Lenexa

Rebecca Brodine, Overland Park

Abigail Byrd, Olathe

Nyla Chaudhry, Lawrence

Emily Curl, Ulysses

Uma Desai, Overland Park

Ashley Devore, Ulysses

Emily Doffing, Wichita

Arianna Fallahian, Overland Park

Zach Fesen, Hutchinson

Gabriela Guerrero, Lawrence

Grace Hermes, Bucyrus

Cheyenne Hillman, Wichita

Faith Hofaker, Logan

Noah Johnson, Humboldt

Catherine Johnston, Overland Park

Daegan Kingery, Overland Park

Hayley Koontz, Benton

Ye Joo Lee, Halstead

Sarra Ann Mahoney, Meriden

Laura Malagon-Palacios, Garden City

Natalie Martens, Shawnee

Naomi Mendoza, Olathe

Jen Meysing, Canton

Sarah Milgrim, Prairie Village

Mary Mylar, Salina

Kara Neely, Olathe

Amu Nuney, Overland Park

Abbie Pfannes, Louisburg

Katherine Price, Lawrence

Shimon Rosenblum, Lawrence

Hunter Schneider, Pittsburg

Sierra Sparbanie, Manhattan

Wil Ullmann, Wichita

Jaden Wilcoxson, Clay Center

Annabelle Wilder, Overland Park

Juniors 2021

Diego Acosta, Kansas City

Halle Arnold, Leawood

Emily Binkley, Overland Park

Neelie Browne, Olathe

Christina Carrington, Topeka

Ava Cormaney, Lawrence

Marilyn Curtis, Olathe

Emma Fornelli, Emporia

Savannah Glaves, Easton

Rachel Hall, Lenexa

Michaela Harding, Olathe

Natalie Lamb, Lenexa

Hannah Nuest, Hutchinson

Fernanda Reyes, Wichita

Evan Schrader, Overland Park

Leah Stein, Dodge City

Erin Sturd, Overland Park

Chloe VanBecelaere, Pittsburg

Seniors 2020

Azeez Baig, Leawood

Saif Bajwa, Overland Park

Elsa Bernauer, Leawood

Nolan Brey, Fairview

Tyler Cargill, Wichita

Grace Claman, Salina

Haley Cooper, Wichita

Alix Fisk, Topeka

Olivia Hansen, McPherson

Odalis Hernandez, Emporia

Maria Teresa Herrera, Overland Park

Katherine Hughes, McPherson

Henry Kircher, Prairie Village

Rylie Koester, Hoisington

Mackenzie Lawrence, Overland Park

Ally Lowden, Wichita

Audrey Meacham, Shawnee

Kate O'Keefe, Prairie Village

Paola Ramírez Peña, Wichita

Maranda Scheller, Emporia

Mikayla Schmitz, Olathe

Katherine Schroeder, Larned

Gwendolyn Sibley, Garnett

Emily Simmons, Spring Hill

Shelby Stauch, Lawrence

Christa Stenzel, Shawnee

Chelsea Stitt, Ottawa

Jennifer Straub, Bucyrus

Catalina Wedman, Harper

Emily Weiss, Baldwin City

Max Woodbury, Topeka

Juniors 2020

Raegan Billinger, Hays

Saron Demeke, Shawnee

Amelia Dunlap, Lawrence

Ross Fitzpatrick, Overland Park

Alissa Gilmer, Lenexa

Arman Hadjian, Overland Park

Andrew Hartnett, Fairway

Aroog Khaliq, Overland Park

Sarah Knisely, Overland Park

Liam Magathan, Meriden

Eleanor Matheis, Lawrence

Laura Phillips, Perry

Elaine Pope, Overland Park

Molly Reed, Lawrence

Ryan Sieben, Overland Park