BATON ROUGE, La. — The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

All initiated at the University of Maine, the new members include Alton Hawk II, of South China; Daric Davenport, of Farmington; Cody Stevens, of Oakland; Sydney Shackett, of Sidney; Kirstie Belanger, of Skowhegan; and Lauren Kaiser, of Winthrop.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors 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.