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Local High School Seniors Earn Prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Award

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO - (April 28, 2015) - More than 110 outstanding graduating seniors from high schools throughout Northeast Ohio will be recognized this Sunday, May 3, at the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa's Annual Scholastic Awards Banquet. The celebration of local talent, hosted at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, will feature Sean Decatur, the nineteenth president of Kenyon College, as the keynote speaker.

For more than fifty years, the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized academic achievement among graduating seniors at public, private, and parochial high schools across Northeast Ohio. This award is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious honors a high school student can receive. Each year, teachers at local participating schools select one student in the graduating class who is not only in the top ten percent of the class but also "demonstrates qualities of academic honesty, inquiry into scholarship matters which goes beyond assignments and requirements, a creative involvement in scholarship, and great interest in things of the mind.'

Students' names will be engraved on the Phi Beta Kappa plaque that is permanently displayed at each school. St. Edward High School senior, Jonathan Poilpre, of Lakewood, will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for four years. Poilpre plans to attend the University of Chicago and study International Relations in the fall.

Sean Decatur will deliver the event's keynote address. Decatur came to Kenyon after an academic career in the liberal arts: biochemistry degree at Swarthmore, doctorate at Stanford, professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke and dean at Oberlin College

The Kenyon College Phi Beta Kappa Chapter is Beta of Ohio and was founded in 1858.

About the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa
The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa was established in 1947 to support the ideals of the Society through academic, social, and community-based programs. The Cleveland Association draws its membership from more than 3,700 residents of the Greater Cleveland area who were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society as undergraduates. The Cleveland Association is one of over fifty similar Phi Beta Kappa associations across the country comprised of local Phi Beta Kappa members.

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

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Missing from History: Black Suffragists and the Right to Vote

The Cleveland Association of ΦBK Endowed Forum

Join us as Paula J. Giddings, the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor Emerita of Africana Studies at Smith College, discusses the 19th Amendment: the political tradition of African American women, their struggle to be enfranchised, and how their activism led to the influence that Black women have on today’s electorate.

  • DATE: April 16, 2021
  • PLACE: City Club of Cleveland Virtual Forum
  • TIME: Livestream beginning at 12:30 p.m.


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