Eight members of the Class of 2017 elected to Phi Beta Kappa

new phi beta kappa members oct 2016
Left to right: Tran Ly, Henry Person, Hayden Byrd, Samantha Meyer, Grace Gibson, Harang Song, Meaghan Gray. Not pictured: Courtney Saunders.

Eight members of the Class of 2017 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. An initiation ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 7; though initiated this fall, these students were elected on the basis of their standing through their junior year at Sewanee. The initiation was scheduled during Family Weekend so that the students’ families could attend the ceremony. The initiation in the University Archives was followed by a reception with the members of the chapter and with other faculty members invited by the students.

Congratulations to Sewanee’s newest members:

  • Hayden Byrd, biochemistry major, Austin, Texas
  • Grace Gibson, art history, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Meaghan Gray, psychology major, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Tran Ly, economics and math major, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Samantha Meyer, classical languages major, Cedar Creek, Texas
  • Henry Person, philosophy major, Pleasanton, California
  • Courtney Saunders, economics major, Ashland City, Tennessee
  • Harang (Chris) Song, economics major, Duluth, Georgia

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most prized honor a college student can receive. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence become eligible for election after completing at least five consecutive semesters. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary; the Sewanee Chapter, Beta of Tennessee, was established in 1926.

Additional students in the Class of 2017 will be elected to Phi Beta Kappa and initiated during the Easter semester.