Missouri School of Journalism Students ‘Tapped’ into 5 Secret Societies at the University of Missouri

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17 Juniors and Seniors Selected for Their Academics, Leadership and Service

By Celia Darrough

Columbia, Mo. (May 2, 2013) — Seventeen Missouri School of Journalism students were tapped into five secret honorary societies during the 86th annual Tap Day on the University of Missouri campus.

Members of the societies choose new “taps” based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, scholarship, leadership and service. The new members’ identities were secret until the ceremony on April 19. Those honored from the School were the following:

2013 Tap Day Honorees

Taylor Beck Alexandra Cartee Courtney Doll Bridget Kapp Kelsey Kupferer
Aaron Maassen Zahra Rasool Brian Reitz Jordan Santo Paige Tenkhoff

Top row, from left: Taylor Beck, Alexandra Cartee, Courtney Doll, Bridget Kapp, Kelsey Kupferer. Second row: Aaron Maassen, Zahra Rasool, Brian Reitz, Jordan Santo, Paige Tenkhoff.


LSV Society
LSV was formed in 1908 by a group of women students concerned about the status of women on the University campus and in society as a whole. Each year the organization recognizes the most outstanding upper-class students who, through their individual service to the University and the community, continually strive to promote and improve the status of women.

    • Zahra Rasool, a senior studying radio-television journalism, from Mumbai, India.
    • Laura Herrera, a senior studying journalism, from Miami.

Mortar Board
Mortar Board is a national society that provides opportunities for continued leadership development, while promoting service to the University, and encouraging lifelong contributions to the global community.

    • Alexandra Cartee, a senior studying print and digital journalism, from St. Peters, Mo.
    • Victoria Mechler, a senior studying magazine journalism, from Spring, Texas.
    • Kelsey Kupferer, a senior double majoring in magazine journalism and sociology, from Columbia, Mo.
    • Margaret Omastiak, a junior studying strategic communication, from Oak Lawn, Ill.
    • Dawn Schillinger, a senior studying strategic communication, from Fenton, Mo.

Mystical Seven
Mystical Seven honors seven men and women of the University who have displayed selfless leadership and exemplary character. Founded in 1907, it is the second oldest recognized secret honorary society at the University.

    • Sammie Hill, a senior studying strategic communication, from O’Fallon, Mo.

Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa is a prestigious national leadership society with chapters on more than 300 college campuses. Members have achieved a high standard of achievement in collegiate activities, and as representatives of ODK, encourage others to strive for attainment in scholarship, athletics, government, journalism and the performing arts.

    • Taylor Beck, a senior studying radio-television journalism, from Ballwin, Mo.
    • Courtney Doll, a junior studying radio-television journalism, from Southlake, Texas.
    • Kristen Herhold, a senior studying magazine journalism, from Englewood, Colo.
    • Bridget Kapp, a senior studying magazine journalism, from Collinsville, Ill.
    • Brian Reitz, a senior studying strategic communication, from Plano, Texas.
    • Jordan Santo, a junior studying radio-television journalism, from Chesterfield, Mo.
    • Brynne Whittaker, a junior studying radio-television journalism, from Bellevue, Wash.

QEBH
QEBH, founded in 1897, is the oldest recognized secret honor society at the University. Its founder, Royall Hall Switzer, wanted to unite exemplary campus citizens based on their selfless dedication to the University and excellence in personal character.

    • Paige Tenkhoff, a senior studying strategic communication, from Franklin, Tenn.
    • Kelsey Kupferer, a senior double majoring in magazine journalism and sociology, from Columbia, Mo.
    • Aaron Maassen, a senior studying strategic communication, from Kansas City, Mo.

Updated: July 15, 2020

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