Lake Odessa Native Inducted into Grace College Alpha Chi Honor Society

We received the following press release from Grace College.

WINONA LAKE, IND. — Katie Acker of Lake Odessa, Mich., studying environmental studies, was one of 23 Grace College juniors and seniors inducted 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, Ariz., 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

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