Students win big at PTK regional competition

Northeast State students enjoyed a weekend of winning and recognition for their achievements at the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s Tennessee Regional Convention held Feb. 26-28 at Roane State Community College.

The College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter won several team and individual honors including the 1st Place Award as Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee. Alpha Iota Chi was also recognized as a Five Star chapter and a Chapter of Light.

“I am honored to work with these students, who have such dedication and promise,” said Jane Honeycutt, faculty advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies.”

Alpha Iota Chi members also received several individual honors for their work. Anthony Walls took home the 1st Place Award as Distinguished Chapter Member. Victoria Hewlett won 2nd Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state while her colleague Myka Baker took 3rd Place in the same category.

Alpha Iota Chi chapter officers are Carly Sluder, President; Cassandra Ross, Vice President of Scholarship; Victoria Hewlett, Vice President of Leadership and Tennessee Region Vice President-East; Kyla Faust, Vice President of Service; Myka Baker, Vice President of Communication; and Tessa Ross, Secretary/Treasurer.

ptk kids march 2016

The chapter team also received the 1st Place Award for Distinguished Honors in Action Project and the 3rd Place Award for Most Distinguished College Project. Chapter members will compete at the PTK annual convention scheduled April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Phi Theta Kappa improves student success by providing opportunities for recognition, scholarships, and intellectual development through scholarly programs based on the Society’s four Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

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.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college with more than two million students inducted since the society’s founding in 1918. The society is composed of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 states and several foreign countries.

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