Piedmont Community College (PCC) inducted 30 new students into the College’s Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during a virtual ceremony held in November.

The new members for 2020-2021 include:

Kameryn Ash, Larae Bradsher, Victoria Cooper, Emily Craig, Tabitha Cribb, Kortney Davis, Carson Duncan, Natalie Dupuy, Angel Estrada, Sheila Fernos, Cassandra Foltz, Melissa Guth, Muhsina Henderson, Christina Hinman, Hannah Hurt, Angela Lynalese Kincy, Dakota King, Kimberly Lamert, Kawana Long, Zachariah Lunsford, Liliana Mejia, Kyndall Norton, Keaira Pettiford, Brooke Pulliam, Kayla Rice, Brady Rowe, Ashila Shepphard, Jessica Simmons, Smanatha Vermillion, and Secret Winston.

See the 2020 Induction Ceremony video here!

During the welcome, Vice President Barbara Buchanan shared, “Our purpose tonight is to recognize those students who have met the rigorous academic standards of Phi Theta Kappa and have agreed to join the organization.”

Others participating in the announcement were PTK Chapter President Jeremy Blackwell, PTK Chapter Vice-President Gloria Ale Beltran, PTK Chapter Secretary Jackson Bradsher, PTK Chapter co-advisor Dr. Don Miller, and PCC’s President, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal.

PTK officers Jeremy Blackwell, Gloria Ale Beltran, and Jackson Bradsher all shared information about the various PTK symbols, including the torch, white rose, and emblem.

Prior to announcing the new members, Blackwell proclaimed, “You have studied the Constitution of this organization, the purpose of which is to foster a spirit of devotion to study and to scholarly ideals among its members and whose principles are embodied in the Greek letters which stand for phronimon, thumos, katharotes (wisdom, aspiration, and purity).”

After reading and displaying the names of new members, co-advisor Dr. Don Miller commented, “It is my pleasure to welcome you into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the lively fellowship of scholars it affords. I salute you for your accomplishments.”

He went on to say, “I charge you to explore always for truth and to dedicate yourselves to the cultivation of the well-reasoned life, a prelude to service and honor.”

In addition to offering her congratulations, President Pamela G. Senegal proposed a similar challenge in her address, noting that she expects the newly inducted members to become active in the organize, participating in various activities, including the service projects to help PCC’s PTK to become a five-star chapter.

Senegal also reminded inductees about scholarship funds available to PTK students, and other opportunities to help the students become “connected in a stronger way” to the community.

In fact, to assist eligible students in becoming a member of this prestigious International Honor Society, the PCC Foundation offers financial assistance for the membership fee. Students complete an application, 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 Beth Townsend at (336) 322-2104 or Beth.Townsend@piedmontcc.edu.

To watch the virtual induction ceremony, visit www.youtube.com/piedmontcc.

About PTK

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. The group recognizes academic success, as well as offers opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills, earn scholarships, explore career paths, and make their worlds a lot bigger. Learn more at www.ptk.org/.

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