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Professor Susan Watson inducts Sadie Dutton into Phi Beta Kappa at the annual fall ceremony on October 6 at the Kirk Center.

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Middlebury Inducts 14 New Phi Beta Kappa Members

October 9, 2018

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury College Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducted 12 students as new members at a ceremony at the College’s Kirk Center on Saturday, October 6. The ceremony and reception took place over Middlebury’s Fall Family Weekend.

The students, all members of the Class of 2019, are Peter Davis, Sarah Dutton, Kyle Freiler, Elizabeth Giovanniello, Stacy Goins, Kang Woo Khan Kim, Brendan Leech, Alejandro Martinez Perez, Grant Olcott, Molly Paradies, Christina Puccinelli, Peter Thewissen, Douglas Wilson, and Kylie Winger.

The new inductees qualified to be Phi Beta Kappa members based on their academic records for the past three years.

At the ceremony, each of the students wore a historic Phi Beta Kappa key from alumni, the oldest of which is the Jeremiah Atwater key, dating back to 1793.

Additional members of the senior class will be elected to Phi Beta Kappa in May, on the basis of their academic work during the last four years.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. The Middlebury College chapter, the Beta chapter of Vermont, was established in 1868 and is the 13th oldest Phi Beta Kappa chapter in existence.

Fourteen Middlebury students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on October 6. Back row (from left): Elizabeth Giovanniello, Kylie Winger, Sarah Dutton, Christina Puccinelli, Kang Woo Khan Kim, Molly Paradies, Grant Olcott, Peter Davis, Stacy Goins, Brendan Leech. Front row (from left): Kyle Freiler, Alejandro Martinez Perez, Douglas Wilson, Peter Thewissen.

    Photos by Jon Olender