Fourteen Lyon College juniors and seniors celebrated their induction into the Alpha Chi National Scholarship Honor Society on Thursday, October 11. The college’s Arkansas Eta chapter inducts students whose academic achievement places them in the top ten percent of their class.
This year’s inductees from Arkansas are Alice Bewley of Russellville, Evelyn Embry of Huntsville, Linda Fowler of Sherwood, McKinley Fox of Batesville, Keifer Hartwig of Cabot, Matthew Kirkpatrick of Sheridan, Olivia Lynch of Alpena, Allison Mundy of Bryant, Robert Shackelford of Smithville, and Emerson Smith of Little Rock.
Inductees outside of the state are Ayden Henry of Thayer, Missouri; Iva Popovic of Novi Sad, Serbia; John Pruden of Allen, Texas; and Kristyn Skelton of Kennett, Missouri.
After their induction, new members and their families gathered in Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons for a banquet. Following introductions from Alpha Chi’s faculty sponsor, Dr. Brian Hunt, and current Alpha Chi president Jordan Trant, Alpha Chi’s Professor of the Year Dr. Jennifer Daniels led a keynote address.
In her address, Daniels talked about healthy fear and life after Lyon, encouraging the audience to embrace the unknown. “Whatever comes next for the graduates of Lyon, one year, five years, or decades down the road, they will be ready because they will have a plan in place for whatever lies ahead,” said Daniels. “They will be proactive rather than reactive and face the future with less apprehension than most because they know their actions and choices will make a difference."
When asked what she most enjoyed about Alpha Chi, Trant said, “My favorite part of being in Alpha Chi has been getting to know a lot of the faculty and other students that I wouldn’t normally see. I’m also incredibly excited to initiate this new class! One of the most exciting times for the chapter is bringing in and getting to know all the new members and seeing their accomplishments over the course of the year."
Founded almost a century ago, Alpha Chi has some 300 chapters across the country and over 500,000 members. It holds a National Convention annually, at which students present their scholarly work and compete for scholarships. The Lyon College chapter of Alpha Chi is the society’s most distinguished chapter, having been named a Star Chapter multiple times and having won the society’s President’s Cup twice, the only chapter so honored.
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