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New Members Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa for 2019

Alma College inducts students into the nation’s most prestigious honor society.

New inductees, from left: Frahade Martinez, Nicolette Palmer, Isabella Centurione, Sophia Richter.New inductees, from left: Frahade Martinez, Nicolette Palmer, Isabella Centurione, Sophia Richter.

Nine Alma College students have been selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, America’s most prestigious scholastic honorary society. The members were announced April 19 at Alma’s 2019 Senior Dinner. 

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes excellence in liberal education, stressing intellectual discipline and achievement. Members are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic achievement in the traditional arts, sciences and humanities. 

Eligibility requires at least a 3.50 GPA for a senior, along with proficiency in college mathematics and a foreign language. 

Alma College’s chapter, founded in 1979, is one of 286 in the United States and one of eight in Michigan. 

The following students were inducted: 

Madeline Barnauskas of Livonia, a graduate of Divine Child High School, is majoring in integrative physiology and health science. 

Isabella Centurione of Berkley, a graduate of Berkley High School, is majoring in biology. 

Lauren Kucharczyk of Livonia, a graduate of Winston Churchill High School, is majoring in biology. 

Frahade Martinez of Buchanan, a graduate of Buchanan High School, is majoring in biochemistry. 

Keara Parker of Hudsonville, a graduate of Hudsonville High School, is majoring in biochemistry and political science. 

Nikolette Palmer of Leonard, a graduate of Romeo High School, is majoring in integrative physiology and health science. 

Sophia Richter of West Kingston, R.I., a graduate of South Kingstown High School, is majoring in French and economics. 

John Stefanek of Alma, a graduate of Alma High School, is majoring in history. 

Kayla Thomas of Temperance, a graduate of Bedford Senior High School, is majoring in communication and philosophy.

Story published on May 13, 2019