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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members


The Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Surry Community College held its annual induction ceremony for 17 new members for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on March 29.

College President Dr. David Shockley provided opening remarks and Yohana Nava, SCC student, PTK inductee, and vice president of North Carolina PTK Carolinas Region 2019, was the guest speaker who was selected by the PTK membership. In addition, Kendra Carter of PTK provided entertainment with a musical performance of “Forever Young ” by Bob Dylan.

Katie Hammon, Transfer Coordinator at Salem College, also attended to provide information about special scholarships available for PTK members. Hammon explained that Salem College provides PTK members with up to $15,000 per year in scholarship money, which all inductees are now eligible for should they choose to pursue transfer opportunities at Salem.

The Fall 2018/Spring 2019 inductees are: Zachary Chandler, Abbi Freeman, Zuleima Garcia, Gregory Matthews, Alma D. Ortega (originally from Mexico City), and Giselle Vega, all of Mount Airy; Janelly Antunez, Emily Cazarez, Sydney Heath, Brandi Vance, Anayeli Garcia Villa, and Thao Ly, all of Dobson. Zachary Fish of Pilot Mountain; Heather Ford of Pinnacle; Teresa Kelly and Andrea Mullis both of Hamptonville; Yohana Nava of Elkin; and Alejandro Mayorga-Munoz of Bucaramanga, Colombia.

The Surry Community College's PTK chapter was recently named one of the top 100 out of 1,300 chapters worldwide at Catalyst, the PTK Annual Convention, in Orlando, Fla. The college's PTK organization does campus service projects and participates in a college-wide service project each year. Most recently, the chapter worked on an Honors in Action project which surveyed students concerning their knowledge of drug addiction and its effects on the community. They also coordinated with several other groups within the community to create a documentary on drug addiction in Surry County which they presented in conjunction with a special visit in April by Beth Macy, the author of “DOPESICK, ” at theShelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology at Surry Community College.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,300 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 120,000 students inducted annually.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact PTK's Faculty Co-Advisors Dr. Kathleen Fowler at (336) 386-3560 or, Selina Dougherty at (336) 386-3257 or, or go to You can also follow the local chapter on Facebook @surryPhiThetaKappa.

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