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Grace College Inducts 23 Students into Alpha Chi Honor Society

Grace College inducted 23 juniors and seniors into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. These high-achieving students have earned the top 10% of GPAs

Grace College inducted 23 juniors and seniors into the Alpha Chi Honor Society on Saturday, Jan. 27. These high-achieving students have earned the top 10% of GPAs across all disciplines at Grace. Every year Alpha Chi inducts nearly 11,000 students from across the country.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence among college and university students of all disciplines, to encourage a spirit of service and leadership and to nurture the elements of character that make scholarship effective for good. Founded in 1922 and affiliated since 1955 with the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Chi is the second oldest and second largest general honor society in the United States.

“As faculty, we look forward to this event every year, as these are students who have really distinguished themselves in academics throughout their time at Grace,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, Alpha Chi faculty sponsor and chair of the Department of Humanities. “Membership in Alpha Chi is an honor signifying students’ hard work, dedication to learning and strong character.”

After inductees were introduced by a faculty member from their major and presented with a certificate and pin, Grace College Vice President of Financial Affairs and CFO Doug Baumgardner delivered a keynote address. A 2003 Grace graduate, Baumgardner was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society when he attended Grace.

Following the address, Joshua Fisher, a current Grace student studying environmental science and Alpha Chi member, gave the benediction. Fisher received a 2023 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship for his research on the environmental impact of electric vehicles, one of only eight recipients nationwide.


The 2024 Grace College Alpha Chi Honor Society inductees are:

Katie Acker of Lake Odessa, Mich., studying environmental studies

Joy Antonini of Montpelier, Ohio, studying visual communication design

Kelsey Beachey of Three Rivers, Mich., studying psychology

Sarah Grace Bogle of Greenfield, Ind., studying life science education

Ethan Buller of Anchorage, Alaska, studying environmental biology

Alice Burnette of Plainfield, Ind., studying elementary education

Rachel Carpenter of Kendallville, Ind., studying history

Emma Conrad of Hilliard, Ohio, studying psychology

Eliana Conrades of Richmond, Ind., studying educational ministries

Emma Dudley of Benton, Ark., studying environmental biology

Reese Frey of Goshen, Ind., studying actuarial science and mathematics and computing

Emma Gerdt of Valparaiso, Ind., studying secondary math education

Isabella Giunta of Fairless Hills, Pa., studying biblical studies and elementary education

Riley Hollars of Knightstown, Ind., studying English

Kaylee Lehnert of Cincinnati, Ohio, studying psychology and art and visual culture

Hannah Misch of Wanatah, Ind., studying history

Ariana Morales of Fort Wayne, Ind., studying general science

Reagan Motsinger of Sheridan, Ind., studying English education

Anna Porritt of Tremont, Ill., studying marketing

Evangeline Pycraft of Crown Point, Ind., studying elementary education

Hannah Tate of Crawfordsville, Ind., studying media arts

Kylie Vida of South Bend, Ind., studying visual communication design

Krystal Yoder of Goshen, Ind., studying counseling


The Grace College Alpha Chi chapter is sponsored by the Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship.

For more information on the Alpha Chi Honor Society, visit For more information about the Grace College Alpha Chi Chapter, contact faculty sponsor Dr. Lauren Rich at

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