HCC students win regional and state PTK positions

(April 2, 2014) - Two Hagerstown Community College students recently won regional and state student officer positions with the international Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. 

Samantha Baldwin, of Boonsboro, was elected PTK Middle States Regional President, and Michael Ecton, of Hagerstown, was elected PTK Maryland State President. As regional president, Baldwin will serve as an ambassador, supporting the growth of PTK chapter officers, members, and programs throughout the Middle States region, which includes the states of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. As the Maryland President, Ecton will also serve as an ambassador, supporting PTK initiatives and programs throughout the state. In addition to their ambassador duties, both Baldwin and Ecton will serve as members of the PTK Middle States Executive Board.

Baldwin, 20, is a double major in English and secondary English education and will graduate in fall 2014. After graduating, she plans to transfer to Hood College to get a bachelor’s degree in English and a teaching certificate so that she can teach high school English. She ultimately wants to obtain her master’s degree and teach college-level English. Baldwin was also recently nominated as a candidate for the All-USA Academic Team. She has been a member of PTK since 2013.

Ecton, 20, is a triple major in business administration, management, and management: marketing and will earn the first of his three associate’s degrees in summer 2014. After graduating from HCC, he intends to transfer to Shepherd University to earn his bachelor’s degree in business. Ecton has been a member of PTK since 2012.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 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. To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, go to www.ptk.org.