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Twenty-four Members of Class of 2008 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Story posted May 27, 2008

The members of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, have nominated 24 members of the Bowdoin College Class of 2008 for membership in PBK.

These students join 21 other members of the Class of 2008 who were nominated for membership earlier in the academic year.

This nomination is based on their entire academic records at Bowdoin and at any other colleges and universities where they may have studied.

The following students were officially elected and initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at a ceremony that was held Friday, May 23, 2008, the day before Commencement.

Kathleen Emery Auth
Benjamin Abrams Brennan
Andrew Alan DeBenedictis
Paul David DeCoster
Roberta Jean Dennison
Alison Claire Driver
Morgan Elizabeth Finch
Avery Forbes
Amberlee Rose Gustafson
Ryan Michael Hart
Jared Thomas Hunt
Abigail Wells Isaacson
Nicholas Anthony Kasprak
Emily Ann Keneally
Elizabeth Sylvia Leiwant
Keith Matera
Grace Sargent Moore
Sarah Swan Podmaniczky
Cassia Paigen Roth
Harry David Schnur
Caitlin Marie Seifert
Alison McClure Spencer
Michaela Louise Wallin
Amanda Christine Wing

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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