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There are few traditions with more history or prestige at Marietta College than the induction of students into Phi Beta Kappa.
It is also one of the lesser-known traditions since only inductees, family members, president and faculty of Marietta who are also members of Phi Beta Kappa, are allowed to attend the private ceremony.
On Monday, Marietta inducted one of her biggest classes with nine seniors – Eric DeLong (Lowell), Michaela Hess (Painesville), Madelyn Keener (Orrville), Emily Kinney (Zanesville), Christian Knox (Mount Vernon), Shelby Millheim (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Bailey Sprague (Belpre), Fredley Tynan (Marietta) and Catherine Wadih (Cincinnati). The 162nd induction ceremony was held in the Trustees’ Conference Room.
DeLong graduated for a Bachelor of Arts degree in public accounting in December 2021. DeLong, who also minored in business management, got a job with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Columbus. He takes office on July 11.
“I am currently studying and passing sections for the CPA exam,” he said. “I am very grateful to have been nominated for Phi Beta Kappa, it was a major goal of mine since my freshman year in college. By taking advantage of the liberal arts experience, I was able to work with students from all walks of life and develop new interests in other fields of study.
Hess will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the college commencement ceremony on Saturday. A member of Marietta’s rowing team, Hess hopes to coach rowing this summer in Cleveland and then explore her options.
“I am honored to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa,” she says. “I’m grateful to have had the chance at a liberal arts college to take classes in so many different disciplines.”
Keener will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Leadership Studies. She will stay in college for one more year as she completes her Master of Arts in Psychology.
“When I received the email inviting me to join Phi Beta Kappa, I was honestly shocked,” she says. “I had no idea I was qualified for such a prestigious honor society, but I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”
Kinney will receive two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in biochemistry and the other in mathematics. In the fall, she will go to the University of Toledo to work on her doctorate.
“I really appreciate how the school’s liberal arts ethos gave me this opportunity and how the classes I took in various departments gave me a different perspective on so many things,” said Kinney.
Knox will receive his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and begin a summer fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh within days of commencement. He will stay at Pitt to complete a doctorate. with a specialization in physical organic chemistry.
“I honestly didn’t think I would do Phi Beta Kappa,” he said. “The requirements are incredibly strict, which, combined with a very structured and busy major, creates a very high difficulty.”
Millheim will receive his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, as well as a Certificate in Leadership Studies. She will enroll at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to pursue a doctorate. in chemistry.
“I am extremely honored to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa,” said Millheim, who won a four-year lacrosse letter. “Throughout my four years here, I have been exposed to many valuable skills through the liberal arts education offered by Marietta College.”
Sprague will earn a Bachelor of Arts in History with a teaching license. A punter on the Marietta football team, Sprague is getting married in June and hopes to find a job teaching high school social studies by the start of the next school year.
“I appreciate the initiation to Phi Beta Kappa and I understand its meaning”, said Sprague. “I want to thank all of my history teachers, my homeroom teacher Dr (Katy) McDaniel, professional historian teacher Dr (Brandon) Downing, and my educational advisor Dr (Tanya) Judd. “
Tynan will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and begin working at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta upon graduation. She has been a member of the college cross country team for the past three years.
“I hadn’t anticipated the Phi Beta Kappa honor, so it was exciting to receive the invitation,” she says.
Wadih, a four-year letter winner in women’s rowing, will earn a bachelor of science degree in biology and math. She also got a minor in gender studies and will return home this summer and work to figure out what to do next.
“I am thrilled to be part of something that values the desire for a wide range of knowledge and encourages people to explore disciplines outside of their own,” she says. “I think Phi Beta Kappa really embodies what liberal arts ideology is all about.”