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National honor society awards journalism student
Senior Jonathan Peters is named a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow

ATHENS, Ohio (April 13, 2007) -- Senior journalism major Jonathan Peters plans to go to law school next year. But he's not doing it alone. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, is helping him out. 

Jon PetersPeters has been named one of 60 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellows who will receive $5,000 for graduate or professional school expenses next year. In addition to the national fellowship award, Peters will receive $1,250 from Ohio University's chapter. He will apply his award toward studies at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. 

"I'm surprised, thrilled and beyond that, honored and humbled," Peters said of his selection, which was based on academic achievement, research, leadership experience and letters of recommendation. 

"Jon is truly an exceptional student who has outstanding analytical ability and couples that with tremendous intellectual curiosity," said Professor of Business Law Art Marinelli.

Marinelli instructed Peters in several business classes and worked extensively with him on an independent study project. The project, centered on the Supreme Court and First Amendment rights, was a perfect fit for Peters, who interned at the Supreme Court's Public Information Office in Washington, D.C., last winter. 

Ambitious at a young age, the Athens native was the first high school student accepted to intern for the juvenile division of the Athens County Court of Common Pleas. He became a mentor for abused and neglected children through the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program and continues to manage publicity for the program.

"At an early age, I cultivated a respect for deadlines and now I'm able to stagger the workload and set incremental goals," Peters said of his workload, joking that he doesn't sleep much.

Peters also is a columnist for the Athens News and freelances for the Columbus Dispatch, The Athens Messenger and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Among various additional activities, he is the treasurer for Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society, and he works with the Scripps Survey Research Center to assess national attitudes concerning the Supreme Court. 

Winning such competitive and prestigious awards is the academic equivalent of making the Olympic team. Ohio University students compete for some of the most sought-after awards in the country -- such as the Truman and the Marshall. In 2005-06 they won 45 nationally competitive honors, including 13 U.S. Student Fulbright grants. The university led the state for the fourth straight year for its number of Fulbright grantees and is ranked nationally among institutions such as Princeton University and Boston College.

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Written by: Laura Yates

Media Contact: Senior Director of Media Relations Sally Linder at 740-597-1793 or linders@ohio.edu

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