Nine Varsity Student-Athletes to be Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

Nine Varsity Student-Athletes to be Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Nine Washington College's varsity student-athletes will be initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society - the nation's oldest and most widely-known Academic Honor Society - tomorrow night. 

The nine WC varsity student-athletes to be initiated are: basketball players Brynne Brouse (Slatington, Pa./Parkland), Jordan Weir (Washington, D.C./Westtown [Pa.]), and Gabby Winsky (Davidsonville, Md./Severn School); soccer players Steph Scott (Tustin, Calif./Beckman), Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill), and Lexi Young (Hardwick, N.J./North Warren Regional); swimmer Maija Adourian (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep); field hockey player Katie Arnold (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Christian); and tennis player Rachel Martinez (Los Angeles, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula). Eight of the above student-athletes are current seniors; Smedley is a 2017 graduate of the school.

Brouse is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (and is in line for that honor for the third year in a row) and a two-time Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship selection. She is a Biology major and served as a team captain this season.

Weir is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (and is in line for that honor for the third year in a row) and was named her team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore. She is an International Studies major and served as a team captain this season.

Winsky is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (and is in line for that honor for the third year in a row). She is a Business Management major and served as a team captain this season.

Scott is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier and was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team this past fall. She served as a team captain each of the past two seasons and is an International Studies major.

Smedley graduated last year with degrees in English and Computer Science. She was a three-time Centennial Academic Honor Roll qualifier and was named her team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore.

Young was a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. She served as a team captain this season and is majoring in Economics and Math.

Adourian is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (and is in line for that honor for the third year in a row) and was named her team's Most Improved Swimmer as a junior. She is tied for the seventh spot among her team's top 10 all-time fastest swimmers in the 100 backstroke and served as a team captain each of the past two seasons. She is majoring in Biology.

Arnold was named to the 2017 All-Centennial Conference second team and earned Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll recognition three years in a row. She is majoring in Biology.

Martinez has twice earned All-Centennial Conference first-team honors in doubles and twice earned All-Centennial second-team honors in singles. She is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (and is in line for that honor for the third year in a row). She is majoring in Sociology.

This year's nine new initiated student-athletes will bring the total number of Washington College varsity student-athletes initiated into Phi Beta Kappa to 62 since the first initiation class in 2007. 

About 10% of the nation's colleges and universities have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. At those schools, roughly 10% of seniors are initiated, meaning only roughly 1% of the nation's collegiate seniors are initiated each year.