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June 6, 2017


Phi Theta Kappa Inducts More than 20 Students during Spring Semester Ceremony

By Lauren J. Mapp

More than 20 San Diego Mesa College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during a ceremony at the college on May 4.

More than 20 San Diego Mesa College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during a ceremony at the college on May 4.

 

“Phi Theta Kappa recognizes students for their academic achievement and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders,” said Brandon Terrell, Co-Advisor for PTK.

 

Co-Advisor Pegah Motaleb added that the PTK induction ceremony, “gives students a sense of confidence, belonging and importance. It also shows them that they are a part of something larger.

 

Students were given a white rose; took the pledge of commitment to leadership, scholarship and service; and lit candles as the “torch” was passed from the graduating members of PTK to the new members, said Co-Advisor Susan Hogan.

 

Phi Theta KappaDuring the ceremony, awards were given to the inductees in the categories of Fellowship, for students who share the bond of academic excellence with other scholars and faculty; Scholarship, for students who maintained a GPA of 3.90 and above; Leadership, for students who have acted as leaders on campus and within PTK; and Service, for students who have accumulated more than 50 hours of community service.

 

The nine students receiving the PTK Fellowship Award include Samantha Jimenez, Alexandra Casison, Sara VanOrden, Kim N. Truong, Andrew Tracey, Kirara Inoue, Kevin Brown, Andre Castro and Flavia Deplachett. Students who received the Scholarship Award include Toan Phan, Bianca Lucido, Andrea Schmidt, Charleigh Poindexter, Karina Tarasova and Courtney Neizer.

 

Seven students earned the award for Service, including Ebony Li, Devin Magnuson, Elizabeth Morales, Restileon Asuncion, Victoria Green, Harker Russell and Sara Ramirez. The nine students who received the Leadership Award include Amirali Asgari, Janet Langrehr, Sierra Hudson, Jamie Cook, Javier Gonzales, Erik Tomlinson, Veronica Votel, Ryan Loper and Evander Deocariza.

 

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that was founded in 1918 for students at community colleges to recognize their academic achievements and “to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.” Mesa’s chapter is one of 1,200 in the U.S., along with 100 international chapters.

 

Phi Theta KappaBoasting more than two million members worldwide, PTK members participate in community service projects, become active leaders on campus and are eligible for scholarship opportunities.

 

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program at San Diego Mesa College, contact Honors Co-Coordinator Pegah Motaleb via email at pmotaleb@sdccd.edu or via phone at (619) 388-5926.

Tags: Phi Theta Kappa, Honors, Honors Program

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Contacts

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
jnkearns@sdccd.edu
(619) 388-2759

Pegah Motaleb
Co-Advisor - Phi Theta Kappa
pmotaleb@sdccd.edu
(619) 388-5926