Omicron Delta Kappa

The Lake Forest College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was chartered on April 27, 2014.

The Lake Forest College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was chartered on April 27, 2014.

Lake Forest College is honored to have a circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. With only 317 circles nationwide, this prestigious organization recognizes junior and senior year student leaders who have excelled both academically and within campus life.

Student must rank in the top 35 percent of their class and have shown leadership in one or more of the five major phases of campus life:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Journalism, speech and the mass media
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Campus or community service, social or religious activities and campus governance

Students are inducted into the circle each year and join a network of over 300,000 members, some of whom include George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Clinton, Peyton Manning, and Sheryl Crow.

The Purpose of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is Threefold:

  • First, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to
    strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines;
  • Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an
    organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest;
  • Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution, as well as other Omicron Delta
    Kappa members, on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

For more information on Omicron Delta Kappa, contact the Gates Center.

Members of the Lake Forest College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Farhan Ahmed ’23, Physics and Chemistry Double Major
  • Fede Bertolotti ’24, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Neuroscience Double Major
  • Sam Bickersteth ’24, Undeclared Major
  • Ashley Birnesser ’24, Mathematics and Economics Double Major
  • Desiree Brady ’24, Sociology and Anthropology Major
  • Emily Bross ’25, Chemistry and Data Science Double Major
  • Margaret Bugnacki ’24, Business Major
  • Jess Caal Chamam ’25, Environmental Studies and Sociology Double Major
  • Ari Collins ’25, Psychology and Spanish Double Major
  • Dani Contreras ’25, Psychology and Religion Double Major
  • Anela Elze '23,  History and Sociology Double Major
  • Taqi Ghani '25,  Economics Major
  • Haley Goodman '25, Finance, and Data Science Double Major
  • Shane Hathaway '24, Biology and Environmental Studies Double Major
  • October Heffner '24, Communications and Politics Double Major
  • Natalie Hingsberger '24, Art History Major
  • Isa Hinojosa '25, Communications Major
  • Natalie Kamau '24, Biology Major
  • Bellise Kigozi '25, Physics and Data Science Double Major
  • Kyle Lassen '25, Biology and International Relations Double Major
  • Nicole Mazur '25, Finance Major
  • Ama Owusa-Ofori '24, Neuroscience and Economics Double Major
  • Wiktoria Pedryc '24, Psychology and Philosophy Double Major
  • Katherine Peticolas '24, Marketing and Studio Art Double Major
  • Jhanati Rajesh '23, Biology and Business Double Major
  • Rebecca Ray '24, Neuroscience and Psychology Double Major
  • Adriana Ree-Jurek '24, Studio Art and Education Double Major
  • Cassie Rodriguez '24, Sociology and Anthropology Major
  • Yousif Saleh '23, Chemistry, and Computer Science Double Major
  • Jake Sharifi '25, Politics Major
  • Aari Singh '24, Economics, and International Relations Double Major
  • Paityn Tabor '24, Journalism and Spanish Double Major
  • Michelle Tkachenko Weaver '25, Business, and Music Double Major
  • Demetra Tsakos '24, Education and Business Double Major
  • Georgia Tsakos '24, Political Science and History Double Major
  • Daniel Tulchinskiy '25, Neuroscience and Biology Double Major

Omicron Delta Kappa Membership Benefits

Membership to Omicron Delta Kappa provides access to various benefits and resources to help you develop personally and professionally. Some of these benefits include the opportunity to:

  • Continue your education
    Apply for one of more than 35 scholarships of $1,000 and $2,000 for graduate school expenses.
  • Find an internship
    Apply to an internship with one of our partner organizations, and look for scholarships and waived application fees to some of these programs.
  • Attend conferences and workshops
    Practice your leadership abilities at the National Leadership Conference.
  • Develop your skills
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History of Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

OΔK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.