Mercer’s Zeta of Georgia Chapter Inducts 29 Students Into Phi Beta Kappa

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MACON – Mercer University's Zeta of Georgia Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society on April 7 inducted 29 students into the nation's most prestigious academic honor society.

Prospective Phi Beta Kappa inductees are usually seniors among the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and sciences coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics. Exceptional students meeting the Society's requirements may also be considered as juniors. This year's inductees are:

Sarah Elizabeth Abney, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and Spanish from Marietta
Emily Loraine Anspach, a senior majoring in political science and international affairs from Fort Collins, Colorado
Jacqueline Zanne Atchison, a senior majoring in history and sociology from Savannah
Anna Elise Bates, a senior majoring in English and philosophy from Houston, Texas
Taylor Nicole Bischoff, a senior majoring in communication and media studies and psychology with a minor in women's and gender studies from Grayson
Anna Rose Cizek, a senior majoring in international affairs, French and global health studies from Naperville, Illinois
Alexandra Leigh Collins, a senior majoring in global health studies with minors in biology and chemistry from Cartersville
Nora Wilfong Darling, a senior majoring in global health studies and anthropology from Peachtree City
Sarah A. Estrada, a junior majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and Spanish from Tyrone
Nicole Alexa Gentile, a senior majoring in biology and Spanish with a minor in chemistry from Marietta
Andrew Irving Hearn, a senior majoring in global health studies with minors in biology and chemistry from Columbus
Abby Marie Henry, a senior majoring in English with a minor in film studies from Peachtree City
Abigail Hannah Hundley, a senior majoring in international affairs and political science with minors in economics and French from Buford
Anna Lauren Johnson, a senior majoring in neuroscience and women's and gender studies from Westborough, Massachusetts
Hyun Min Lee, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in Asian studies from LaGrange
Timothy Martin Lewis, a senior majoring in law and public policy with a minor in Christianity from Macon
Kaitlyn Mary McBride, a senior majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and Spanish from Peachtree City
Shannon Marie Merritt, a senior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry from Douglasville
Emma Rutherford Peel, a senior majoring in global health studies and Spanish with a minor in anthropology from Portland, Oregon
Ashley Elizabeth Ray, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in Spanish from Marietta
Abigail Christine Reddig, a senior majoring in communication and media studies with minors in journalism, media studies and Spanish from Fayetteville
Teal Baker St. Nicklaus, a senior majoring in English and philosophy with a minor in creative writing from Portland, Oregon
Taylor Amanda Steen, a senior majoring in English with minors in education and Spanish from Peachtree City
Jamilah Tejan, a senior majoring in global health studies with a minor in Spanish from Jacksonville, Florida
Natalie Kaye Thigpen, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in Spanish from San Diego, California
Bristal Paige Thompson, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and Spanish from Doerun
Katelyn E. Towe, a senior majoring in political science with a minor in chemistry from Rome
Aurora Rose Vadini, a senior majoring in French with a minor in English from Macon
Andrew Michael Winslett, a senior majoring in political science and law and public policy from Newnan

Mercer installed its chapter and inducted its inaugural class of 26 seniors and juniors in the College of Liberal Arts last spring. The University also dedicated a plaza featuring a monument constructed with granite taken from the foundation of the science building on Mercer's original Penfield campus and a bronze replica of the gold Phi Beta Kappa key.

Founded by five students at the College of William and Mary on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations and more than half a million members worldwide.

Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. And only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are invited to join the Society, which makes the invitation process one of the most selective in the nation. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court justices and more than 130 Nobel laureates.

For more information, visit pbk.mercer.edu.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​