Ohio Wesleyan recognizes first-year students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better during their first semester and who also are in the upper 20 percent of their class with an invitation to join the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. (Photo by Pirlo Soe ’21)

Phi Eta Sigma 2022

Ohio Wesleyan Taps Eight First-Year Students for Membership in National Honor Society

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University invited eight first-year students into its chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society this spring.

Phi Eta Sigma recognizes first-year students who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or better during their first semester, who are in the upper 20 percent of their class, and who are taking a full academic course load. Founded in 1923, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. Its motto is “Knowledge is Power.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s newest Phi Eta Sigma members are:

  • Abby Gardner of Midland, Michigan
  • Sophie Leohner of Columbus, Ohio
  • Cheyenne Martin of Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Sydney McMillin of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Netawat of Indore, India
  • Lexi Reisch of Strongsville, Ohio
  • Mariam Samkharadze of Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Samantha Wernert of Sylvania, Ohio

Learn more about Phi Eta Sigma at www.phietasigma.org and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program at owu.edu/honors.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.