Sixty Western Nevada College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society during ceremonies on Friday, April 8 at the Carson Nugget Hall on WNC’s Carson City Campus and Friday, April 29 at Virgil Getto Hall in Fallon.
During the two ceremonies, the five-dozen students read an oath of membership pledge and lit a candle to spark their own individuality according to Greek myth.
Lynne Cox, a local business owner and PTK alum, provided the keynote address to the Alpha Upsilon Beta Chapter in Carson City.
Alpha Upsilon Beta, the Carson City chapter, welcomed 45 inductees who accepted membership to the honor society.
Six of the 15 inductees in Fallon’s Chapter, Beta Theta Iota, are Jump Start students who are working toward an associate degree at WNC during their final two years of high school. They are enrolled in Churchill County High School or Oasis Charter School.
PTK formed in 1918 and has served as a means to honor and encourage academic achievement of community college students. The organization also provides opportunities for individual student growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
PTK presently has more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters worldwide.
To qualify for PTK membership, WNC students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree coursework and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher throughout their enrollment at the college.
WNC’s 2016 PTK inductees for Alpha Upsilon Beta and Beta Theta Iota are:
Carson City Chapter
Hannah Anderson, Courtney Aragon, Earl Barbeau, Danielle Bates, Collin Bilger, Brandon Black, Melissa Black, Andrea Campbell, Rachael Capalbo, Andrea Clustka, Aimee Dougherty, Melissa Downes, Jesus Fernandez Garcia, Jamie Folstad, Jacob Fowler, Steven Fowzer, Rebecca Givens, Andrew Hettrick, Christine Higley, Alex James, Kasia Jorgensen, Hunter Kobold, Lucinda Koury, Nathaniel Kruse, Charleen Lawson, Kaitlin Lucky, Ashley Lyford-Mcgowan, Monica Marcinko, Todd Minto, Iulia Nita, Alison Orris, Jeremiah Paul, Maria Ramirez-Munoz, Morgan Remick, Julie Russ, Crystal Sandoval, John Smith, Ricky Smith, Tara Spurlock, Jordan Stout, Carly Talia, Matthew Tomlinson, Merlin Tryon, Jeremiah Ussher and Gennifer White.
Jamie Ball, Michelle Celik, Kailey Davis, Sarah Inglis, Hallie Jim, Tesla Lyon, Heather Marty, Raymond Plasse, Malory Pruitt, Lana Quint, Ellicia Ramos, Savannah Romero, Whitney Skabelund, Zach Washbaugh and Grace Woodruff.