Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Full-tuition scholarships, a special diploma seal, and recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments —those are just a few of the benefits two dozen top students at Coahoma Community College are now eligible for following the Spring 2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society induction ceremony.
PTK, the official honor society for two-year colleges, is the largest honor society in American higher education. Since 1989, the Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter of PTK has offered CCC students the opportunity to join the prestigious organization to assist them as they continue their educational careers at a 4-year university.
To be eligible for membership, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Family and friends gathered in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union Thursday evening to witness the scholars as they took the oath of membership.
The program included a welcome by PTK member Keiona Word; opening remarks from CCC Biology Instructor Adrian Allen; invocation by PTK member Jozette Ringo; and an introduction of the speaker by PTK Advisor Patricia Furdge.
CCC’s Distance Learning and Dual Enrollment Coordinator Joseph McKee of Cleveland, MS, served as the keynote speaker and used the opportunity to discuss the importance of time, referring to it as “something we often take for granted, but is one of out most precious resources”.
“31,536,000—that’s exactly how many seconds there are in a year. But in reality we only have the second that exists right now,” said McKee. “Inductees, there is no time like the present. You all have maximized your time here at Coahoma thus far.”
Referencing the recent retirement of NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant, McKee highlighted the benefits proper time management can yield.
“65…that’s around the age most people retire. Now think about this, 37 years, 234 days—that’s how old Kobe Bryant is and he retired from the NBA,” said McKee. “It’s because of what he chose to do with his time. He maximized his time and because of it he’s able to retire right now and begin a new chapter.”
McKee said that while not all of us are in the position of Bryant, it’s never too late to take advantage of now.
“How much time do we have left in the world—none of us know,” said McKee. “If you have a dream, there’s no time like the present to pursue your dream … don’t put it off until tomorrow because tomorrow’s not promised. Your future depends on what you do with the time you have here right now.”
The ceremony continued with the induction of new members and the installation of new chapter officers: President Tre’Shawn Malone; Vice President Jayla Miller; and Secretary Keiona Ward.
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 new inductees were: Calvalinzo Bellamy; Zhanishai Carter; Rashad Cox; John Fisher; Joseph Fisher; Carolyn Fullwiley; Narika Glasper; Stephanie Gort; Jessica Gunn; Keelandra Holden; Lowell Haney; Lauren Brooke Jackson; Rotunda Lark; Naomi Lofton; Jayla Miller; Gabrielle Scott; Wendy Smith; Shariss Sneed; Chelvon Triplet; Braxton Wall; Shalom Wallace; Ashley Wiley; Nakemaeya Williams.
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