Northeast State students Olivia Orten and Nikki Sumner, both of Kingsport, have been named to the All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Orten is a social work major with a 4.0 grade point average. After graduation, she plans to transfer to East Tennessee State University (ETSU), pursuing bachelor’s of science and master’s degrees. Orten plans to return to Northeast State and become a TRiO Student Support Services transfer advisor. Orten is TRiO CLuB president and Glee Club president. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the President’s Student Leadership Academy, and the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success. She currently holds the Brock Services, LTD. scholarship.
Sumner is a nursing major, planning to transfer to ETSU in fall 2014. Her career goal is to work as an operating room registered nurse and eventually become a physician’s assistant. In addition to her position as secretary/treasurer for the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she is the administrative liaison for the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success; secretary of the Green’s Club; a member of the Northeast State President’s Student Advisory Council; and a member of the Scholars Foundation. She also holds the Academic Work Scholarship.
The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges selects two outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.
“Each year, it’s a privilege to recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” said John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. “They’ve not only achieved a high degree of success in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in the United States and beyond. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to qualify for membership.