Sofia Nail of Marion, Alabama was inducted into the Gamma of Mississippi Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society at Mississippi State University on April 18, 2022. Sofia Nail is the daughter of Beatriz and Jefferson Nail, and the granddaughter of James Nail all of Marion.
Phi Beta Kappa inductees are among the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and sciences coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics. Honored Monday, April 18 with an induction ceremony and dinner sponsored by MSU’s Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the students were selected for their extraordinary academic achievement in the arts and sciences.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded in 1776 and is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. Only 10% of U.S. colleges and universities have PBK chapters, and these chapters select only 10% of their arts and sciences graduates to join. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court justices and more than 150 Nobel laureates.
“I want to thank our world-class faculty members who have been teachers, mentors and role models to this year’s class of Phi Beta Kappa inductees,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum, who also noted the critical role of parents, families and friends in supporting students on their journeys to success. He said the new MSU inductees will be recognized for their Phi Beta Kappa membership for the rest of their lives. “You rose above the challenges set before you and you prevailed. You are the best of the very best,” Keenum added.