Ten Hollins University students are among the 342 new initiates from 11 universities welcomed into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society, for 2022.
Students initiated into the society must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate/professional students in the top 35% of their class; demonstrate experience in at least one of the five pillars of leadership celebrated by ODK (academics, athletics, service, communications, and arts); and embrace the ODK ideals. Fewer than five percent of students on a campus are invited to join each year.
Hollins students joining ODK this year include:
Regina Davis ’22, English major, Blackstone, Virginia
Fanny Estrada Lugo ’22, Spanish major, Cassatt, South Carolina
Natalia Sarram ’22, English major, Carlsbad, California
Adarra Blount ’23, history major, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Jasmine Carmichael ’23, public health major, North Chesterfield, Virginia
Margaret Gildersleeve ’23, communication studies major, Woodbridge, Virginia
Egypt Matthews ’23, business major, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Claire Ross ’23, English major, Ashburn, Virginia
Aden Watts ’23, psychology major, Fort Gay, West Virginia
Leah Wilkins ’23, political science major, Beaumont, Texas
Headquartered in Lexington, Virginia, ODK has 313 circles of record at colleges and universities across the United States. The society honors and develops leaders through scholarships, workshops, career development, leadership resources, and a lifelong connection to other members. ODK also champions its leadership values of collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service. Among the society’s distinguished members are Presidents Joseph R. Biden Jr., George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Richard M. Nixon, and Franklin D. Roosevelt; physicians Michael DeBakey and Jonas Salk; journalists Ann Compton (Hollins class of 1969), Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Cokie Roberts, and George F. Will; authors Pat Conroy, James Dickey, and Tom Wolfe; and athletes/coaches Peyton Manning, Arnold Palmer, Dawn Staley, and Pat Summitt.