More than 100 students, parents, and guests
gathered on the Staten
Island campus to recognize the newest members of Phi Eta
Sigma, the national freshman honor society, at its
14th Induction Ceremony on February 19.
Thirty-one outstanding sophomores were inducted into Phi Eta
Sigma for maintaining a minimum 3.7 cumulative grade-point average
in their first year at St. John's. The students excelled
academically while acclimating to the challenges and opportunities
of their new college environment.
"I feel proud," said inductee Jennifer Marrazzo '14TCB. "I am
honored to become a member of this prestigious group." Her mother,
Felice Marrazzo, added, "I'm so happy with Jennifer's
Rachel Hollander, PhD, director of the Honors
Program and assistant professor of English, emceed the ceremony. In
her opening remarks, Dr. Hollander emphasized St. John's mission of
fostering a positive learning environment. She also noted that the
inductees are an inspiration for their peers, the faculty, and the
Steven Cain, executive director of the Greenbelt
Conservancy, served as guest speaker for the event. He
praised the students' achievements and encouraged them to continue
to excel as they further their studies and enter the workforce.
Cain stressed the importance of dedication and perseverance.
Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest national
freshman honor society. Founded in 1923 at the University of
Illinois, it has grown to over 300 chapters and
more than 700,000 members in the United