Top-performing UOG students become first chapter members of national honor society

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Sixty-four top-performing students at the University of Guam became the first student members inducted into the UOG chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on June 15. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Jestyne Sablan, a senior health sciences major with a concentration in pre-physical therapy, was installed as the inaugural student vice president of the University of Guam’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She is seated, center, with UOG Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez and UOG President Thomas W. Krise, right. (Photos courtesy of the University of Guam)

The induction ceremony was partially virtual, with a welcome video from existing chapter members, while the rites of affirmation were conducted in-person in the RFK Memorial Library.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them for starting this chapter, even in such uncertain times,” UOG Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez said.

The University of Guam chapter was officially installed on March 11 after a thorough petitioning process, site visit, and approval from the society’s board of directors. The chapter launched with 23 faculty, staff, and administrators as members, including UOG Vice Provost Troy McVey as president.

Jestyne Sablan has been selected through a competitive application process as the chapter’s inaugural student vice president. Sablan is a senior health sciences major with a concentration in pre-physical therapy.

“I am honored to help lead such a prestigious and highly selective society,” Sablan said, adding that she wants the first initiates to leave their mark at the University of Guam.

Junior Sofia Meneses holds her certificate of membership to Phi Kappa Phi with University of Guam Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez, left, and UOG President Thomas W. Krise, right. (Photos courtesy of the University of Guam)

Phi Kappa Phi seeks to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Student membership is by invitation to the top students of each academic major. To receive an invitation to join the society, undergraduate students who are juniors must be in the top 7.5% of their class, while seniors and graduate students must be in the top 10% of their class.

The student inductees are as follows:

Graduate students: Thomas-Ryan Aguilo, Annalyn Bamba, Christie Lynn Blas, Tillie Blas, Arlie Bonto, Jullian Martin Briosos, Kiana Brown, Shandel Denise Cayabyab, April Ann Cordova, April Fe Cosico, Rachel Owen Duenas, Krisvel Eugenio, Emma Hernandez, Hanna Jugo, Kriana Roshawn LeVelle, Kabrini Joy Muna, Rema Faith Olaguera, Rikki Orsini, Alyxandra Reyes, Samantha Rivo-Cruz, Zyra Eidref Sanchez, BeeHeartly Siba, Kayle Tydingco, and Rudolph Villaverde

Senior Arvin Flores holds his certificate of membership to Phi Kappa Phi with University of Guam Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez, left, and UOG President Thomas W. Krise, right.  (Photos courtesy of the University of Guam)

Seniors: Shiela Mary Angeles, Tiara Babauta, Jeralle Barcinas, Sujin Bec, Florentino Bondoc, Reuben Bugarin, Nicole Carrera, Elizabeth Elmore, Keanno Lawrence Fausto, Arvin Flores, BoRa Kim, James Christian Losongco, Amery Jane Madeloso, Ikea Anne Natividad, Harmony Palaganas, Gerika Lyn Paulino, Pauline Perez, Nicole Marie Quintanilla, Dann Maury Ragasa, Mary Gold Raz, Victoria Revello, Jestyne Sablan, Maria Rosario Soriano, Brianna Tabilas, C’Lita Taitano, and Danica Alyssa Tan

Juniors: Justine Arida, Jerrycoah Bondoc, Janelle Borja, Jezreelyn Bulaklak, Shayla Maewin Canare, Renee Carpela, Reggie Mae Dionisio, Nathalie Espejo, Neri Bles Jingco, Kaysha Janet Leon Guerrero, Beato Francisco Manglona, Savannah Medler, Sofia Diane Meneses, and Jun-Patrick Salalila


Graduate student Rikki Orsini holds her certificate of membership to Phi Kappa Phi with University of Guam Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez, left, and UOG President Thomas W. Krise, right.(Photos courtesy of the University of Guam)