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Eleven Seniors Nominated to Phi Beta Kappa

Story posted April 09, 2008

The members of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, have nominated eleven members of the Bowdoin College Class of 2008 for membership in PBK.

These students join ten other members of the Class of 2008 who were nominated for membership last September.

The students will be officially elected and initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at a ceremony to be held Friday, May 23, 2008, the day before Commencement.

These latest nominations are in recognition of the students' outstanding academic records at Bowdoin and any other college or university where they may have studied through the first semester of their senior years. The nominees are:

Cassandra Elizabeth Benkwitt
Anna Erwin Booth
Rebecca Rachel Genauer
James Martin Harris
Kristen Elizabeth Huber
Jennifer Kristen Kennedy
Ekaphan Kraichak
Rachel Rapp
Anne Genevieve Riley
Jacob Sam Stevens
Fei Tan

The following students were nominated in September 2007 on the basis of their academic records through their junior years:

Amy Ahearn
Caroline Rebecca McIver Currie
Ryan Allyn Devenyi
Jonathan David Freedman
Philip Wesley Gates
Lincoln Joseph Pac
Zachary John Roberts
Naomi Leah Sturm
Megan Rocchio Waterman
Yi Zhuang

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the national honorary fraternity for the recognition and promotion of scholarship, was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The Bowdoin chapter (Alpha of Maine), the sixth in order of establishment, was founded in 1825.

Election is based primarily on scholarly achievement, and consideration is given to the student's entire college record. The total number of students selected each year does not normally exceed ten percent of the number graduating in May.

Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa are expected to be persons of integrity and good moral character, and must have completed at least 24 semester courses of college work (including 16 courses at Bowdoin).

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