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Honor society inducts 53 Black Hawk College students

Black Hawk College recently inducted 53 students into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter at the college’s East Campus. The new members include 21 Fall 2013 and 32 Spring 2014 inductees.

Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Phi Theta Kappa holds business and membership meetings, sponsors speakers and holds events for the campus. Participation in the chapter enables members to take advantage of scholarships, plus participation in special activities.

Alpha Phi Beta, the East Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, was chartered in Spring 1992. In 2005, the chapter won the Pinnacle Award – a membership enhancement program that rewards both chapters and regions with scholarship stipends – in recognition of the local chapter’s success in recruitment of new members. The local chapter now has 235 members.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.

More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

Inductees and their hometowns are listed below. All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

Bartonville – Emily Stenzel

Bradford – Rebeka Clancy, Samantha Peterson

Claypool, Ind. – Alex Miller

Columbia City, Ind. – Colton Geiger

Corunna, Ind. – Judith Showalter

Crawfordsville, Ind. – Mitchell Hampton

Delavan – Marissa Rademaker

Dixon – Rachel Hill

East Moline – Mary Kandis

Galva - Savannah Ballard, Matthew Bersell, Melanie Edmonds, Sarah Fredrickson, Katelyn Klein, Taylor Klein, Reiha Morgan, Logan Simon

Geneseo – Erin Peterson

Howards Grove, Wis. – Carmen Contrad

Kewanee – Eden Endress, Maria Guerrero, Kodi Hammer, Sarah Hughes, Guadalupe Lopez, Jessica Manthe, Maggie Neer, Timothy Nichols, Meagan Plum, Andrew Titlow, Sidney Uitermarkt, Makenna Walters, Sydney Zetterberg

Kimmell, Ind. – Tyler Johnson

Kokomo, Ind. – Grace Guyer

Lafayette, Ind. – Kendra Kissee-Rector

McHenry – Nicole Farina

Maple Park – Marissa Chapa

Morrison – Rebecca Stone

Neponset – Victoria Clark, Katelyn Hartman

New Windsor – Stephanie Adams

Noblesville, Ind. – Shelby Riley

Princeville – Kathleen Reay, Kristi Smith, Savannah Speckhart

Rockford – Erica Prchal

St. David – Brianna Hobbs

Syracuse, Ind. – Agatha Dumford

Taylor Ridge – Kayla Weikert

Valparaiso, Ind. – Matthew O’Connor

Wyoming – Meghan King, Marissa Magnussen