PTK induction recognizes academic excellence

by Darin Allred | Oct 02, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College paid tribute to 61 students for outstanding academic performance and exemplary citizenship at the recent fall semester induction ceremony for new members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society.

PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 1.3 million members and 1,100 chapters located in all 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada, Germany and Japan.

Robert Burton, advisor for NCTC's award-winning Psi Iota chapter, said membership in PTK is by invitation only, extended to students who have completed at least 12 hours of coursework leading to an associate degree with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

"We are very proud of these students for earning one of the highest distinctions that can be earned at our college for academic excellence," said NCTC Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace, who welcomed the new members at Saturday's ceremony.

The fall induction ceremony was held Saturday at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the NCTC Gainesville campus.

"Phi Theta Kappa membership is not only viewed as an exceptional academic honor at NCTC," said Professor Burton, a member of the college English faculty, "but also as something that distinguishes its members as being among our most effective campus leaders.

"Once they've completed their education, we expect them to become outstanding community leaders as well."

Saturday's ceremony included a keynote address by NCTC Philosophy instructor Jack O'Connor, along with a special address by Phi Theta Kappa State Officer Julie Flickner.

Dr. Wallace, along with NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock, were also presented with honorary membership in the Psi Iota chapter.

The Fall 2012 PTK officers were also recognized. They include Michael Adesanya (Vice-President of Fellowship and Membership), Heather Baldi (Graham Ambassador), Megan Hill (Vice-President of Communication), Brittney O'Connor (Vice-President of Leadership), Rowena Prather (Vice-President of Service) and Jenny Warmbrodt (Vice-President of Scholarship).

New Phi Theta Kappa inductees at NCTC, by hometown, included:

Argyle: Olivia Nicole Espinoza, Kylie Payton Holt, Smiljana Keller

Aubrey: Michaela Lanay Wilson

Bartonville: Adam D. Shepherd

Bowie: Amy Diane Schrick

Burkburnett: Louis Michael Fulton

Carrollton: Helena Deonai Javier

Coppell: Katherine Nicole Quinn

Corinth: Mallory Dawn Anthony, Jenae Hibbard, Megan Hill, Lacey Elizabeth Martin, Cheyenne Wesley Miller, John Robert Shaffstall

Denton: Riley Quinn Caughlin, Brett Daniel Driver, Ricky Edward Evans, Gable D. Irons, Cristina Corina Lepadatu, William Gandani Maraga, Lori Kay Miller, Breana Faith Minick, Pratignya Pant, Monica Ayde Rodriguez, Terri Lynn Urbina

Flower Mound: Linda Jeanne Babbidge, Amy Elizabeth Feather, Jeniece Harper, Barrett Mick, Danielle Nicole Pugh, Stephanie Walker, Taylin Evette Watson

Gainesville: Tessa Rose Cranston, Aaron Brandon Fleitman, Karen S. Lewis, Conner David Markle, Patricia Millan

Graham: Vanessa Leigh Miller, Lisa Moore

Hickory Creek: Richard Lee Abraham

Highland Village: Halie Elizabeth Adams, Stuart Blake Stephenson

Justin: Justin Eric Decoux

Krugerville: Jacob Daniel Wofford

Krum: Brandi Christine Kindiger, Laura Nicole Stephenson

Lake Dallas: Kimberly Ann Carnes

Lantana: Roma Lynn Maslak

Lewisville: Elizabeth Marie Gooding, Yesenia S. Lira, Edward Urbany

Ovilla: Gregory Lawrence Davis

Pilot Point: Rachel Marie Miller

Providence Village: Carissa A. Smith

Sanger: Mistie Brown, Julie Ann Munson, Kathryn Ellyse Warren

Whitesboro: Aubry Cheyenne Debord

Wichita Falls: Chelsea Jordan Flores

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES-The newest members of the Psi Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society for community college students and the largest in American higher education, pose for their traditional group portrait following recent Fall 2012 induction ceremony at North Central Texas College.