An induction ceremony was held at Piedmont Community College (PCC) for the Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society where twenty-six students became new members for the 2018-19 academic year.

New members include: Katie Adams, Shirley Andrews, Katie Bowes, Deanna Burch, Jordan Butner, Elijah Campbell, Madison Carroll, Isaiah Chambers, Matthew Chaney, Benjamin Gregory, Amanda Hardy, Clint Hilbert, Elyssa Koutsis, Jessica Kradel, Heather Lawrence, Brittanni Lea, Nathan Matherly, Kailee Moss, Alexis Paugh, Susan Perry, Brianna Pulliam, Brian Sayers, Nancy Thompson, Veronica Wettermark, Kenli Whitlow, Indiana Wiley.
PTK Induction candle ceremony
During the ceremony, students heard from current PTK President, Tiffani Woods, as she shared her experience of getting involved and personal growth. She also encouraged the new members to engage in the full experience.

“In my initial encounter with Phi Theta Kappa, I was a little hesitant to get involved,” shared Woods. “I took all my [PCC] classes online, so I wasn’t familiar with any students on campus.”

She made the decision to attend an informational session held by advisors Janet Bottoms, Information Technology Program Coordinator and Web Technologies Instructor, and Vanessa Bass, Reference Librarian, to learn more about the National Honor Society and local chapter.

During the meeting, Woods and other attendees discovered that the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s mission is two-fold:
1) Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and
2) Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming

“When [the advisors] asked who wanted to run for officer positions, it was as if my own right arm disconnected from my body and raised itself. To this day, I don’t know what possessed me to raise my arm, but the experiences and opportunities that I have been given through PTK have been invaluable.”

Woods believes that her PTK experience at Piedmont Communication College has been significant in her educational journey.

“I started PTK as a hesitant, somewhat shy individual. But now I have blossomed into a leader who is ready to conquer the world. Phi Theta Kappa has opened up so many doors and opportunities for me.”

As PTK President, and a peer, Woods went on to congratulate the new members for their various achievements and for accepting the PTK membership. She also encouraged them to expand their involvement in an effort to enhance their experience as a college student, saying, “I encourage you all to get involved and be active in this chapter. The memories and experiences that you will have are such an incredible addition to your time at PCC.”

To assist eligible students in becoming a member of this prestigious National Honor Society, the PCC Foundation now offers financial assistance for the membership fee. Students complete an application to be considered, and they are required to pay a portion of the membership fee, if selected.

To find out more about how you can help support future Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members, contact Allison Satterfield at (336) 322-2102 or

For additional photos of the event, visit PCC’s Facebook page at

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