Press Release

Phi Society

April 11, 2019 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan inducted 25 sophomores into its Phi Society honorary April 1 in recognition of their academic accomplishments. The society is sponsored by OWU’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. (Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

Ohio Wesleyan Inducts 25 Sophomores into Honorary Organization

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University inducted 25 second-year students into its Phi Society honorary during a campus ceremony April 1.

The Phi Society recognizes sophomores who achieved a grade point average of 3.30 or better during their freshman year and who also are in the upper 20 percent of their class. Founded in 1929, the Phi Society is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Ohio Wesleyan’s newest Phi Society members include:

  • Maria Alonso of Doral, Florida
  • Lydia Arnold of Tiffin, Ohio
  • Dmitri Ashakih of Norwalk, Ohio
  • Max Beard of Palo Alto, California
  • Katie Bischoff of Marysville, Ohio
  • Madison Bridger of Pataskala, Ohio
  • Hannah Bush of Radnor, Ohio
  • Lily Callander of Blacklick, Ohio
  • Hanna Cao of Changsha, Hunan, People’s Republic of China
  • Acadia Caryl of Highland Heights, Ohio
  • Meg Edwards of Columbus, Ohio
  • Rachel Foster of Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Jaimie Fuller of Middletown, Connecticut
  • Davis Graham of Canton, Ohio
  • Lena Ison of Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Lydia Knapp of Centerburg, Ohio
  • Shay Manuela of Vianen ut, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Maddie Marusek of Gahanna, Ohio
  • Madeline Nemeth of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Paige Ross of Winchester, Massachusetts
  • Christina Semeraro of Wallingford, Pennsylvania
  • Nadav Shaibe of Palo Alto, California
  • Julia Shorey of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Adrienne Wentling of Westlake, Ohio

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program at and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at

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 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at