The Claflin University athletics department recently inducted its largest class of student-athletes (24) into Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧΑΣ) National College Athlete Honor Society (NCAHS).
The induction took place Monday in the Orange and Maroon Room on the Claflin campus. The charter class of the Claflin chapter was inducted in 2015 and consisted of 14 student-athletes.
Each student-athlete received an initiation pin and certificate of membership during the ceremony.
Claflin is one of nine institutions in the state of South Carolina to have membership in ΧΑΣ.
The members of the Claflin Chapter of XΑΣ represent 4 A's of NCAHS (Athletics, Academics, Achievement, and Attitude) and is comprised of student-athletes from the baseball, men's and women's basketball, softball, men's and women's track and field and volleyball teams.
The 2018 inductees are: Haneef Britt (men’s basketball), Kayla Cato (softball), Timothy Christian, (men’s basketball), Saeviah Conyers (softball), Jamal Devine (baseball), Ishawn Francis (women’s track and field), Ashleigh Green (volleyball), Taija Johnson (women’s basketball), Darrell Langston (baseball), LaKaylin Lee (softball), Jamaica Miller (women’s track and field), Albert Miller men’s basketball, Chelise Morman, softball, Dillion Parker (baseball), Clyde Parker (baseball), Daija Pegues (women’s track and field), Jhi Piper-Murles (volleyball), Kaela Robinson (softball), Carmen Robinson (women’s basketball), Darnesha Sampson (softball), Courtney Taylor (volleyball), Jamelah Thomas (softball), Torriun Towers (baseball), and Benjamin Williams (men’s basketball).
XΑΣ was founded at DePauw University in Green Castle, Indiana, on May 17, 1996 as a student-athlete honor society for the recognition of high academic achievers and sport letter winners at the collegiate level.
XΑΣ recognizes students who are of good moral character and receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA by their junior or senior year and have been in residence at the institution for one year. The mission of the NCAHS is to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments, and colleges in much the same way as Phi Beta Kappa honors academic achievement. The governing board of the XΑΣ represents all levels of competition in the NCAA.
The purpose of the organization is to encourage and reward high academic scholarship, recognize outstanding academic achievement, encourage good citizenship, moral character, friendship and to mentor and provide leadership to other student-athletes.
The official motto of the society is "Excellence in Athletics and Academics" and there are more than 284 chapters in 41 states and the District of Columbia.