CHESTERTOWN — A pair of field hockey players, including Parkside High School graduate Jessie Willey, head the short list of eight Washington College athletes who are 2020 initiates into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Willey and Sophie Grabiec (Newport, Pa.) qualified for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad in each of their four years with the Shore ladies, sporting an overall grade point average of at least 3.30. They also distinguished themselves as members of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the three years they are eligible. Freshmen are not eligible.
Willey, of Salisbury, will graduate with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average — the highest among all female athletes in the Class of 2020.
Last year she was the female recipient of the college athletic department’s Elizabeth “Bo” Blanchard Memorial Sportsmanship Award.
Willey is a biology major.
Grabiec is an English major.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.
“The ideal Phi Beta Kappa member has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views and a broad range of academic interests. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join,” according to the organization’s website.
Washington College now has 79 student-athletes who have been initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. The first class was in 2007.
The other Shore initiates this year are, listed alphabetically: lacrosse player Lauren Brenner (Glen Mills, Pa.), soccer player Sean Garin (Fairfax, Va.), basketball player Samantha Howell (Chevy Chase, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School), swimmer Ana Reynoso-Zimmerer (San Diego, Calif.), rower Olivia Robb (Kennett Square, Pa.) and lacrosse player Aubrey Robinson (Landenberg, Pa.).
Brenner led the team in assists and points this season. She was Academic All-Centennial in 2019, qualifying for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and earning all-conference recognition for her performance on the field. She is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or better) and a member of the 2019 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Academic Team. She is majoring in biology with a concentration in biochemistry.
Garin, a two-time captain for the Shoremen, was the squad’s most valuable player in 2018. As a senior, he was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team and to the Athey Cup All-Tournament Team. A double-major in biology and chemistry, he is a three-time qualifier for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Howell, a physics major, and Reynoso-Zimmerer, a double major in sociology and Hispanic studies, have qualified for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll in each of the three years they were eligible.
Robb is a member of three Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championship teams and competed in three NCAA Division III Championships. She is a two-time All-American and Academic All-MARC. Other honors include being named to the All-MARC novice team in 2017; qualifying as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete in 2018; and being named to the All-MARC varsity team and the Shore ladies’ most valuable performer in 2019. She is double-majoring in psychology and sociology.
Robinson was a team captain for the women’s lacrosse team this spring. She was Academic All-Centennial in 2019, qualifying for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and earning all-conference recognition for her performance on the field. She was an All-Metro Region second team pick in 2019. An economics major, she distinguished herself in the classroom as a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier and a member of the 2019 IWLCA All-Academic Team.