ASHLAND, Va.—Five Randolph-Macon student-athletes were recently elected as new members of the Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
The quintet of seniors consisted of Trevor Fisher (Staunton, Va. / Fort Defiance) of football, Tracy Moriconi (Richmond, Va. / St. Catherine's) of women's golf, Thomas Morrisette (Richmond, Va. / Mills Godwin) of football, Anthony Polakiewicz (South Hill, Va. / Park View) of men's soccer and Natalie Schnell (Bowie, Md. / Elizabeth Seton) of field hockey and women's lacrosse.
In total, 32 new members were inducted into the Society during the ceremony in Birdsong Hall.
Founded in 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding liberal arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities. Each chapter can elect no more than 10 percent of its graduating class. Phi Beta Kappa recognition was awarded to Randolph-Macon in 1923, and the college is one of only 10 percent of the colleges in the country so designated. Phi Beta Kappa's Greek initials are ΦBK, which mean "Love of learning is the guide of life."
Fisher is a Computer Science and Spanish double major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.72. Off the field, he is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has participated in community service events with Duncan Memorial including a spring break trip to North Carolina to help rebuild homes destroyed by tornadoes. He also volunteered with the Hanover Christian Firewood Ministry by helping cut and deliver firewood to area homes. Fisher completed internships with CrossOver Ministries in Richmond, Va. and Skybox, Inc. in Miami, Fla.
Moriconi is a triple major in Accounting, Economics and Math with a cumulative grade point average of 3.93. Off the course, she is President of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honors Society. Moriconi held leadership positions in Pi Mu Epsilon, the Honorary National Mathematics Society. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society and Chi Beta Phi, the Interdisciplinary Scientific Honorary Society.
Morrisette is a Biology and Spanish double major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.58. He is President of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society. He is also a member of Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society and Chi Beta Phi, the Scientific Honor Society. He has volunteered as a Spanish translator at the CrossOver Healthcare Clinic in Richmond, Va. He was also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Polakiewicz is a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry with a cumulative grade point average of 3.53. He is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Chi Beta Phi, Beta Beta Beta, Pi Mu Epsilon and was a Jackson Fellows Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship recipient. Off the field, he completed two research capstones. For mathematics, he studied a method of applying combinatorics to determine the probability of winning a hand in blackjack. For chemistry, he used mathematics to model and determine parameters of the kinetics of various chemical reactions.
Schnell is a History major with an English minor. She has a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 and was also inducted into Sigma Tau Delta and received the history department's Russell B. DeVine Award as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Douglas W. Ford Award. Schnell won the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for women's lacrosse and was named to the ODAC All-Academic Team, the VaSID Academic All-State Team and the NCAA Division III All-Academic Team.
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