(June 2, 2011) - Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society at Hagerstown Community College, was recently recognized at the 93rd Annual Convention of Phi Theta Kappa in Seattle, Wash.
Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, meets annually to recognize chapters and individuals that have done outstanding work, as well as to allow student members to attend workshops and presentations by experts in related fields. This year’s convention was attended by more than 3,500 members from 535 chapters around the world. Five PTK members represented HCC’s Pi Theta chapter at the conference. Student representatives included Aletha Shaffer, of Boonsboro; Amanda England and Carlee Myers, both of Hagerstown; and siblings Andrea and Stefan Theodoru, both of Smithsburg.
This year, HCC’s Pi Theta chapter was recognized as a Five-Star Chapter, a distinction earned through the completion of service learning projects intended to aid both the college community, as well as community members in the surrounding area.
HCC’s Pi Theta chapter was also one of 25 chapters honored with a Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award. This award is given to chapter officer teams that demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, emphasize teamwork, and exemplify the four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa, which include leadership, service, fellowship, and scholarship. HCC’s PTK officers for the 2010-2011 academic year included Shaffer; Brittany Smetzer, of Clear Spring; Oliver Bully, Jessica Cripps, Keri-Jon Faulkner, Lindsay Febres, Jennifer McCullough, Beate Powell, and Glory Sterling, all of Hagerstown; and Tessa Walls, of Hancock.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses across the United States and in various other countries around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.
Front row, from left: HCC students Amanda England, Aletha Shaffer, and Carlee Myers.
Back row, from left: HCC students Andrea Theodoru and Stefan Theodoru.