The following area residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Maine, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, headquartered in Baton Rouge, La.

They are: Wendy Gibbs, of Brooks; Cameron Guild, of Manchester; Allison Scully, of Waterville; Naomi Caywood, of New Sharon; Marissa Bovie, of Vassalboro; and Julianna Ennamorati, of Waldoboro.

These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter, according to a news release from society. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

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