The Alpha Xi Tau
Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Surry Community College
held its annual induction ceremony for 18 new members for Fall 2022/Spring 2023
in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture
and Enology on Friday, February 24.
SCC President Dr.
David Shockley provided opening remarks. Kennette Lawrence Thomas, an
Instructor of English at SCC, was the guest speaker. In addition, Heather
Couch, a PTK member, provided entertainment with musical performances of
“Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “For Good” from the Broadway musical Wicked.
The Fall/Spring 2023
inductees are: Khloe Bennett of Pilot Mountain, Kaesi Blythe of Mount Airy,
Caroline Brown of Elkin, Amanda Creed of Mount Airy, Ellie Edwards of State
Road, Sarah Farmer of Pinnacle, Lanie Fitzgerald of Dobson, Caitlin Grubb of
Mount Airy, Amber Harris of Mount Airy, Isaac Heath of Walnut Cove, Lucas
Hutchens of Siloam, Samantha King of Westfield, Kara Moore of Trinity, Sydney
Presa of Ararat, Va., Jenny Strickland of Pilot Mountain, Jennah Weaver of
King, Courtney Wood of Roaring River, and Elise Yount of Pilot Mountain.
The chapter officers
for 2023/2024 were also installed: President, Sydney Presa; Vice President, Ellie
Edwards; P.R Secretary, Lanie Fitzgerald; Recording Secretary, Isaac Heath; and
Treasurer, Jennah Weaver.
When asked her
thoughts on PTK, Incoming President Sydney Presa commented, “PTK offers
countess opportunities for the future.” Incoming Vice President Ellie Edwards added
a quote by Demosthenes: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great
The Surry Community
College’s PTK chapter was once again designated as a Five Star Chapter. The
college’s PTK organization does community service projects and participates in
a college-wide service project each year. Most recently, the chapter worked on
an Honors in Action project creating an Art Therapy coloring book for local
teens suffering from anxiety and depression. They also created Spanish-language
videos describing seven of the most popular programs of study at the college.
Established in 1918,
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic
achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for
individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service
Today, Phi Theta
Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than
3.5 million members and 1,300 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S.
Territories, and nine nations (U.S., Canada, Germany, Peru, the British Virgin
Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the
Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the United Arab Emirates). In 1929, the
American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the
official honor society for two-year colleges.
For more information
about Phi Theta Kappa and their projects, contact PTK's faculty co-advisors Dr.
Kathleen Fowler at (336) 386-3560 or email@example.com or Kayla Forrest at
(336) 386-3315 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.ptk.org. You can also follow
the local chapter on Facebook @surryPhiThetaKappa.
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