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The new inductee included (from left) Travious Burrel of Clarksdale, MS; Hertayshia Thomas of Frairs Point, MS; Jaimee' Mitchell of Clarksdale, MS; Vyonna Harrington of Indianola, MS; Keiona Word of Clarksdale, MS; Cierra White of Sledge, MS; Tre'Shawn Malone of Clarksdale, MS; Erykah Savery of Clarksdale, MS; and Kimberleigh Forbes of Milwaukee, WI.
CLARKSDALE – Nine Coahoma Community College students became members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the organization’s first Fall induction ceremony Thursday evening.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was established in 1918 by college presidents and serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming
The Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter of PTK was established on CCC’s campus in 1989 by Charles Reid, who advised the chapter along with co-advisors Dr. Jimmy Wiley, Modean Hudson, and Jacqueline Maxwell.
The new inductees were the first group to be inducted during the Fall semester and on the organization’s 95th year birthday.
Family and friends gathered in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union to witness the CCC freshmen and sophomores as they took the oath of membership. The ceremony was highlighted by guest speaker CCC Business and CIS Instructor and Honors Program Coordinator Jeremy Pittman.
A native of Grenada, MS, Pittman received an associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Holmes Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Management and Computer Information from Delta State university and master’s degree in Information Science Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
His many honors and achievements include membership in Holmes Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa.
During his address, Pittman urged the inductees to always aim for excellence.
“Mediocrity is all around us everywhere, but it’s something we can’t afford to have” said Pittman. “Excellence should be much more than a buzzword, but rather a way of life.”
He attributed his own pursuit of excellence to community members who saw his potential.
“It clicked for me that in this world you’re going to have to work hard to have something,” said Pittman. “Excellence is not a skill—it’s an attribute, a desire, a passion. … As young people, you have to possess something that drives you towards excellence.”
The ceremony then continued with the induction of the nine new members by current CCC PTK President Lashondria Gooden; PTK Vice President Tre’Voris Word; and PTK Secretary Nyesha Lynn.
CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner was then presented with a special certificate commemorating his designation as one of the 22 charter members of CCC’s PTK.
CCC’s chapter advisor, Patricia Furdge, was also honored with a surprise token of appreciation from the organization’s members.
Eligibility for PTK membership includes a grade point average of at least 3.5 and recommendation from a faculty member. In addition, students desiring to join the society must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at Coahoma Community College and must be enrolled for a minimum of twelve academic semester hours during the current semester.
The organization affords its members with academic scholarships that cover full tuition, books and even room and board at some 4-year institutions.
The students inducted were: Travious Burrel of Clarksdale, MS; Kimberleigh Forbes of Milwaukee, WI; Vyonna Harrington of Indianola, MS; Tre’Shawn Malone of Clarksdale, MS; Jaimee’ Mitchell of Clarksdale, MS; Erykah Savery of Clarksdale, MS; Hertayshia Thomas of Frairs Point, MS; Cierra White of Sledge, MS; and Keiona Word of Clarksdale, MS.
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