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Thirteen Seniors Nominated to Phi Beta Kappa

Story posted February 20, 2009

The members of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, have nominated 13 members of the Bowdoin College Class of 2009 for membership in PBK.

These students join eleven other seniors 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 22, 2009, 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:

Joshua Albert Cippel
Crosby P. C. Cook
Benjamin Jonah Ehrich Freedman
Katie Aspen Gavenus
Amy Lee Helbig
Tucker Ryer Hermans
Courtney Rae LaPierre
William Jay Oppenheim, III
Maude Madeleine Paquin
Alexa Jaye Schwartz
Liza Roseanne Shoenfeld
Rebecca Caitlin Van Horn
David Michael Zonana

The following students were nominated in September 2008 on the basis of their academic records through their junior years:

Archibald Kenyon Abrams
Nicholas Charles Dunn
Erica Lynn Hinteregger
Caitlin May Hylan
Joseph Martin Kellner
Susanna Ruth Kimport
Mark Ralph McGranaghan
Kelly Anne Overbye
Kerry Ann Persen
Marie Andrea Foster Sears
Tanya Todorova Todorova

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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