By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Public Affairs

On Saturday, April 18, nineteen St. Mary’s College of Maryland students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa’s Zeta Chapter of Maryland. The virtual ceremony took place via Zoom in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Eighteen seniors and one junior were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. The society’s founding dates to 1776. The Zeta Chapter at St. Mary’s College was approved in 1997, after a rigorous three-year review by the national organization.

The newest members of Zeta Chapter’s Phi Beta Kappa are as follows:

  • Faith Vera Armstead
  • Sophia E. Bernheisel
  • Claire L. Bodine 
  • Ava D.H. Chrisler 
  • Madeline R. Gibson 
  • Elizabeth K. Johnson 
  • Sarah X. Kimball 
  • Sara M. LaRocco 
  • Isabel C. Lott (junior)
  • Rachael E. Meador 
  • Kathleen E. Ortel 
  • Jamie M. Ourand 
  • Anna Maria Sawyer 
  • Laura E. Schmidt 
  • Kaitlyn E. Simmons 
  • Lauren K. Smith 
  • Zachary R. Smith
  • Renee N. Suzich
  • Rose N. Young

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