Arkansas County PCCUA Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Sigma Kappa Chapter

by Charlotte Purdy

Students work tirelessly to maintain their grades throughout the year. Balancing college studies, home life, and work can be a struggle for some, but they continue to persevere and push through any obstacles that may arise. Maintaining a high GPA can be hard, but for students who do, they are often rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

Twenty-one students of the Stuttgart and DeWitt PCCUA campuses, who maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher and were enrolled in 12 credit hours, were selected to join Phi Theta Kappa Society, and on Friday, April 25, 2022, those who joined were inducted into the nationally recognized honor society.

Arkansas County Vice Chancellor Kim Kirby welcomed those in attendance to the ceremony and expressed how proud she was of each student for their educational achievements. “These students have proven that studying hard pays off.”

As family members watched, each student signed the PTK book, lit a candle symbolizing knowledge, and received a white rose that typifies purity and the beauty of light.

The students then took their oath, signifying their promise to uphold the standards of Phi Theta Kappa. Following the ceremony, the newly inducted PTK members and their families enjoyed refreshments.

Arkansas County’s PTK inductees were: Shelton Bailey, Melisa Barajas, Jordan Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Carson Griffin, Angela Heath, Champagne Hudson, Magon James, Ashlynne Jenkins, Youlanda Johnson, McKinzie LaCotts, Emma Mackey, Courtney Mason, Chandler Merritt, Abbie Milliken, Samuel Morales, Michael Sims, Morgan Stagner, Britton Steward, Breana Watkins, and Tanner Wood.

Phi Theta Kappa was recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges in 1929 as the official honor society for two-year colleges and according to Phi Theta Kappa, “Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.”

Images courtesy Ashton Fields, PCCUA

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