WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A trio of William and Mary student-athletes have been selected as initiates to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society for the fall of 2013. Senior men’s tennis player John Banks (Charlotte, N.C.), senior volleyball/women's basketball player Jaclyn McKenna (Huntington, N.Y.) and senior field hockey player Taylor Hodge (Louisville, Ky.) joined a list of more than 250 Tribe student-athletes to be named Phi Beta Kappa as part of the 46 honorees for the fall 2013 semester.
Banks becomes the 15th men’s tennis player and the first since 1978, while Hodge is the 49th field hockey player and the first since 1975 to receive the distinction. McKenna was a two-sport player at W&M, playing both women’s basketball and volleyball. She is the fourth volleyball player to earn Phi Beta Kappa and the 38th women’s basketball student-athlete.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded December 5, 1776 at William and Mary as the first Greek-letter fraternity and is now the nation's oldest and most prestigious collegiate honor society with chapters at more than 280 colleges and universities. According to the organization's website, "Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large."
With three electees this fall, the Tribe athletic department has now had 61 athletes named to PBK since 1990 and 257 total (since 1899). Hodge, Banks, and McKenna will be honored during a brief ceremony Wednesday night during the men's basketball game vs. Richmond, and the official induction ceremony will take place on Thursday night, Dec. 5, at the Wren Building.
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