Northeast State wins big at Phi Theta Kappa regional competition

Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society racked up an impressive number of team and individual honors at the society’s Tennessee Regional Convention held this weekend at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place for Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee and 1st Place for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team.

“We are so honored and tremendously excited about this year’s results,” said Jane B. Honeycutt, faculty advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies.

The chapter’s officer team was recognized by competition judges for their outstanding work as leaders. Vice president of Scholarship, Anna Musket, won 2nd Place for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer. The chapter’s secretary/treasurer, Emma Bragg, won 3rd Place in the same category. In addition to the officers’ team recognition, new chapter inductee Victoria Hewlett was elected Regional Vice-President, East to serve as a Regional PTK officer.

(from left) Alpha Iota Chi members Anna Musket, Emma Bragg, and David Shepherd representing their chapter at the PTK Tennessee Region last weekend.
(from left) Alpha Iota Chi members Anna Musket, Emma Bragg, and David Shepherd representing their chapter at the PTK Tennessee Regional Convention last weekend.

Honeycutt said the chapter flourished this year thanks to student leadership of chapter officers Kelsey Smith, chapter president; Musket, vice president of Scholarship; Bragg, secretary/treasurer; Isabella Smith, vice president of Service; David Barlow, co-vice president of Service, and David Shepherd, vice president of Leadership. The team organized and carried out two significant projects during the past year designed to mentor incoming college students and middle school students.

The chapter took 1st Place awards for both the Most Distinguished College Project and the Honors in Action Project. The College Project was a pilot peer mentoring program attached to the C4 Commit to Complete Community College initiative. Phi Theta Kappa mentors worked with students interested in having a mentor and helped them navigate their way through registration, advisement, financial aid, etc., by providing them with resources and locations and overall support.

The chapter’s Honors in Action Project involved developing a partnership with the Innovation Academy at Holston Middle School. The school’s entire 8th grade class was assigned a Northeast State mentor in order to help create a college-bound culture among middle-school students.

Alpha Iota Chi continues to perform at a high level for both projects and officer leadership. The chapter received the 1st Place award last year for the Honors in Action Project with their creation of both an electronic and a hard copy of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Directory of Community Services.

The PTK Tennessee Region also recognized Honeycutt’s dedicated work with the Advisor Horizon Award recognizing advisors who have attained new levels of achievement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. As chapter advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program, Honeycutt works with Alpha Iota Chi members and Honors Program students on a variety of projects throughout the academic year. Alpha Iota Chi chapter and honors students consistently win recognition for their achievements under Honeycutt’s guidance.

Alpha Iota Chi members engage in research projects each year as part of their independent study. An Alpha Iota Chi member must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and demonstrate leadership and community service consistent with Phi Theta Kappa principles.

“These students deserve our respect and appreciation for their commitment to go above and beyond to contribute to the College and our community,” said Honeycutt.

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