Six student-athletes among Earlham inductees into Phi Beta Kappa

Earlham's six student-athletes who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: (L to R) Olivia Wallace, Lara Khalifeh, Niraj Parajuli, Annalee Wilson, Grace Makhoul, and Faith Jackobs.
Earlham's six student-athletes who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: (L to R) Olivia Wallace, Lara Khalifeh, Niraj Parajuli, Annalee Wilson, Grace Makhoul, and Faith Jackobs.

RICHMOND, Ind. – Six Earlham College student-athletes were among the 19 newest inductees into the Earlham chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, during induction ceremonies held Friday evening as part of the College's Commencement weekend activities.

Faith Jackobs (women's soccer), Lara Khalifeh (field hockey/women's track and field), Niraj Parajuli (men's tennis), Grace Makhoul (field hockey), Olivia Wallace (women's lacrosse), and Annalee Wilson (women's track and field) were all selected for Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.

"Induction into Phi Beta Kappa is the one of the highest honors a student can achieve, and we are immensely proud of the six individuals who have earned this distinction," said Peggy Carl, Earlham's interim director of athletics. "This is an affirmation that the young men and women we recruit into our athletics programs are committed to achieving excellence both academically as well as athletically, and embracing all the opportunities that Earlham College offers."

Earlham College is one of only 286 institutions in the United States to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK). Originally founded in 1776 on the campus of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, PBK recognizes the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences graduates through a highly-selective, merit-based invitation process. PBK members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court justices, and more than 140 Nobel laureates.

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