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PTK Chapter Wins 10 Awards at Regional Conference

Students in Alamance Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society walked away with ten awards at a regional conference, including the top scores in the region in two categories.

ACC’s Alpha Omicron Delta chapter, one of 84 represented in the Carolina Region, also earned $225 in scholarships to attend additional regional conferences in the upcoming year. The conference was held in Durham, March 10-12. Awards were given for work performed in the 2016 calendar year.

ACC earned the top scores for the entire region in two categories: Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award, and Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award, the latter for its theme of “Beauty and Vulgarity.” As a result, ACC’s chapter will represent its region in the international competition, accompanied by a $75 scholarship per award for regional events.

The ACC chapter was also recipient of the following awards for the 2016 year:

Carolinas Regional Service Award for Participation in the Purse Project. ACC members donated items ($250 value & $100 donation) for domestic violence shelters.

Outstanding Participation in Carolinas Regional Honors in Action Project.  ACC students hosted an informal presentation and discussion about the effects of sleep deprivation that included distribution of informational brochures during final exam week.

Carolinas Regional Superstars Award. ACC students submitted a 5-Star chapter plan, participated in the Carolinas Region HIA and Service Project, donated to the Joan Keller Scholarship Fund, submitted an article for the Carolinas Region Newsletter, and attended three national and/or regional conferences.

Five Star Status. ACC reached the highest status possible by meeting an extensive list of requirements.

Most Improved Chapter Award. ACC won this regional award recognizing the chapter’s successful participation in more local, regional, and international activities, accompanied by a $75 scholarship for regional events.

Honorable Mention for Distinguished Carolinas Service Project. ACC students won this regional award for their participation in ACC’s Constitution Day activities.

Horizon Award for Advisors – Jame O’Sullivan, ACC faculty advisor.

2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar Award. Of 1,800 applicants, ACC student Emily Herry was selected for a $1,000 scholarship to the university of her choice.

Attending the conference were ACC students Chelsey Nichols (Chapter President), Areli Morales (Vice President of Leadership), Julia Perez (Vice President of Service), and Alicia Ariel (member); and faculty advisors Jennifer Jones (Distance Learning Coordinator) and Jame O’Sullivan (Psychology instructor). Other faculty advisors for the ACC chapter are Melinda Holland and Otha Hawkins. Former advisor Laura Kassler-Gaines assisted last year with some of the activities awarded.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and largest international honors society for two-year colleges. Dedicated members participate in several activities at the local, regional, and international level. Each year, chapters are recognized for their work at regional conferences.