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Hendrix Announces 2024 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 23 from Hendrix College 

CONWAY, Ark. (May 8, 2024) – Twenty-three Hendrix College seniors have been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Beta of Arkansas chapter at Hendrix.

Founded on December 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at over 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and over 700,000 members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 150 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

The 2024 Phi Beta Kappa inductees at Hendrix College are:

  • Feross Al-Hindi of Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Lauren Allen of Spring Hill, Tennessee
  • Lily Katherine Vander Laan Black of Hastings, Nebraska
  • Eleanor Burks of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Elizabeth Grace Capooth of Collierville, Tennessee
  • Annathea Elliott of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Reece Forrest of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Christian Lee Gadison of Bedford, Texas
  • Julia Hooper of Searcy, Arkansas
  • Olivia Larson of Conway, Arkansas
  • Gabrielle Audris Lefear of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Bhavya Lenin of Conway, Arkansas
  • Canon Luter of Batesville, Arkansas
  • Zachary Ryan Marriott of Oakville, Canada
  • Somi Mathews of Allen, Texas
  • Alicia Millie McCloria of Muldrow, Oklahoma
  • Paul Jakson Needham of Alma, Arkansas
  • Grace Peterson of Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Lily Ryall of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Emma Schroeder of Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Thanaphat Seeboonruang of Beebe, Arkansas
  • Mary Frances Shannon of Hoover, Alabama
  • Sophia Stolkey of North Little Rock, Arkansas

See more photos from the April 23 initiation ceremony.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at  

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose