KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Twenty-five students in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi (Kokomo) and Beta Gamma Zeta (Logansport) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the summer ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Amboy: Elizabeth Smith, Logansport Chapter

Arcadia: Teri Stokes, Kokomo Chapter

Elwood: April Wright, Kokomo Chapter

Galveston: Angie McKinney, Logansport Chapter

Kewanna: Catherine Diveley, Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Cynthia Dulin, Kayla Foor, Rosa Hobbs, Candace Jarvis, Peyton Neuzerling, Henly Page, Serena Reed, Landon Scena-Bolan, and Emily Working, all Kokomo Chapter.

Logansport: Sunday Htoo, Taylor Justice, and Ashley Packard, all Logansport Chapter

Mulberry: Jay Brooks, Kokomo Chapter

Peru: Breonna Bradley and Morgan Wade, Kokomo Chapter, and Mackenna Dawalt and Kimberly Townsend, Logansport Chapter

Star City: Cierra Grubbs, Logansport Chapter

Tipton: Jessica Burkett, Kokomo Chapter

Winamac: Haylee Gilbert, Logansport Chapter

Julie Kitchell, a 2014 graduate of Ivy Tech’s Associate of Science in Nursing program in Logansport, was guest speaker at the induction ceremony. While at Ivy Tech, she served as an officer of Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter and was a regional officer for the state of Indiana. She spoke about the pursuit of knowledge and lifelong learning, sharing how Phi Theta Kappa can take students to new places and challenge them to think about new perspectives. She also emphasized the impact students can have when contributing to their communities but how much greater impact can be made when students come together as Phi Theta Kappa members and act collectively.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region