Viviana Hanley, Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Viviana Hanley, Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Juniors Viviana Hanley, Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft among a highly select group of students recognized for their academic achievement (Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Juniors Viviana Hanley of the Harvard track and field team and Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft of the men's squash team earned Phi Beta Kappa's "Junior 24" honors, selected as the first 24 members of the Class of 2015 to be elected to the organization's Harvard chapter.

To be elected to Alpha-Iota of Massachusetts, the Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a student must possess a record outstanding scholarly achievement, showing both depth of study and breadth of intellectual interest.

Election to Alpha-Iota of Massachusetts signifies that an undergraduate's course of study is distinguished by excellence, reach, originality, and rigor. Membership in PBK is an honor bestowed on those whose coursework demonstrates not only high achievement, but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding, and intellectual honesty.

Hanley, an Attleboro, Mass., local, paced the Crimson women at the Cross Country Northeast Regionals, crossing the 6K finish line in 20:46.1 for 18th place overall. Hanley maintains a 3.95 GPA in the concentration of sociology and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

Sokolsky-Tifft, a member of the 2014 national championship and Ivy League championship team, owns a 7-0 career record. As a junior, he went undefeated out of the No. 3 position on the ladder postings wins against Boston College and Boston University. Sokolsky-Tifft - a Williamstown, Mass., native - concentrates in the areas of history and literature and philosophy.