By Clinton Baugess, Secretary of Iota of Pennsylvania Chapter
The Gettysburg College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa inducted 13 new members into the Iota of Pennsylvania chapter on Friday, November 1. The ceremony took place in the Pennsylvania Hall Lyceum as part of Family Weekend events.
The newest members include: Theresa Blickenstaff, Kathryn Cushman, Emma Gruner, Brandon Katzung Hokanson, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Emma Lewis, Patrick McKenna, Aljosa Mrsovic, Olivia Peduzzi, Benjamin Pontz, Chase Tiberi, Elliana Vickers, and Mattelyn Wadley.
Students are elected to Phi Beta Kappa by the resident PBK members on campus. In additional to high academic achievement, members consider evidence of intellectual curiosity and academic integrity.
Additional members will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in March and before graduation in May. The Iota of PA chapter typically elects around 60 students per year, selecting from the top 10% of the class.
Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Gettysburg College has sheltered a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1923 and has inducted over 3,000 members. Phi Beta Kappa currently includes 290 chapters at American colleges and universities.