Odessa College’s top scholastic students for the spring 2018 semester who have applied and been accepted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, were honored at the PTK Induction ceremony on May 2.
More than 50 students were recognized for their accomplishments.
The students to be inducted were: Mayowa Ajakaiye, Mariana Alvarez, Dylan Ard, Tanisha Bassey, Melissa Butts, Nahely Casanova, Jessica Castaneda, Queen Contreras, , Tesa Courtney, Tasha Craft, Erin Dawson, Elizabeth Duncan, Courtney Evan, Richard Fernandez, Virginia Frazier, Lorissa Garcia, Gretzky Garrett, Ariadne Granado, Joshua Greenfield, Joyce Grice, Esmeralda Griego, Ralli Hall, Erica Holguin, Sarah Johnson, Brittany Labarge, John Leal, Jolie Maples , Marina Maples Alvarado, Stephen Marcum, Austin Matta, Rhonda Medearis-Sims, Yanely Mendoza, Guy Moon, Geofrey Mugenyi, Isaac Ontiveros, Jori Pearce, Daniel Regalado, Roberto Rodriguez, Stephanie Sawyers, Hope Schoeneman, Brandy Secrest, Hailey Simpkins, Obafami Solasi, Rebecca Taylor, Charmaine Tejada, Wendy Tiner-Blackmon, Claudia Vasquez, Heavyn Villa, Kyria Wade, Justin Walker, Wesley White and Mariela Zubia.
Odessa College’s Eta Tau Chapter of PTK is a Five Star Chapter which is the highest level to be obtained with the PTK Honor Society.
To be a member of the Odessa College Eta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree.
According to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Website, 92 percent of PTK students complete their associate degrees or transfer to a four-year university.
Phi Theta Kappa operates on the four hallmarks of service, scholarship, leadership and fellowship. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, U.S. territorial possessions and Peru. More than 3 million students have been inducted into PTK since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.