Local students inducted in Phi Beta Kappa

MANHATTAN — Spring 2020 initiates of Kansas State University's Phi Beta Kappa chapter were recognized in a virtual ceremony on Nov. 18.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members. Since its founding at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1776, the society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and its gold key is widely recognized as a symbol of academic distinction. The K-State chapter has existed since 1974.

Typically, the annual initiation ceremony takes place in April, but it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following are new members of Phi Beta Kappa from the surrounding area:

Mariah O'Neil Larson, May 2020 bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Clay Center; Rebekah Hutchinson, junior in pre-professional secondary education, Delavan.

Jonah M. Evarts, senior in humanities; Kade Grafel, senior in economics; and Sarah Marie Middendorf, May 2020 bachelor's graduate in Spanish, all are from Manhattan.