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Twenty-one Seniors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Story posted June 03, 2009

The members of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, have elected 21 students into its membership. Election is based primarily on scholarly achievement, and consideration is given to the student's entire college record.

These students were officially elected and initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at a ceremony held Friday, May 22, 2009, the day before Commencement:

Elizabeth Eleanor Barton
Julia Craig Bond
Meredith Lee Borner
Kaitlin Rebecca Daley
Zane Ator Davis
Patricia Kathleen Duggan
Genna Ruth-Louise Duplisea
Jason Edward Finkelstein
Han Guo
Elizabeth Talcott Jones
Maria Beth Koenigs
Megan Kathleen McCarty
Kathryn Samantha Nichols
Birgitta Marie Polson
Nicholas Scott Selden
Julia Rae Seltzer
Katharine Margaret Sherman
Kristina Marie Sorg
Johannes Heide Strom
Mark David Thorn
Rachel Joan Waldman

These students join the following students who were nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa earlier in the 2008-2009 academic year:

Archibald Kenyon Abrams
Joshua Albert Cippel
Crosby P. C. Cook
Nicholas Charles Dunn
Benjamin Jonah Ehrich Freedman
Katie Aspen Gavenus
Amy Lee Helbig
Tucker Ryer Hermans
Erica Lynn Hinteregger
Caitlin May Hylan
Joseph Martin Kellner
Susanna Ruth Kimport
Courtney Rae LaPierre
Mark Ralph McGranaghan
William Jay Oppenheim, III
Kelly Anne Overbye
Maude Madeleine Paquin
Kerry Ann Persen
Alexa Jaye Schwartz
Marie Andrea Foster Sears
Liza Roseanne Shoenfeld
Tanya Todorova Todorova
Rebecca Caitlin Van Horn
David Michael Zonana

The Almon Goodwin Prize, presented to a member of Phi Beta Kappa chosen by vote of the Board of Trustees of the College, was awarded to Kerry Ann Persen at the 2008 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day ceremony, held October 31, 2008.

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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