Halifax Community College welcomed 11 new members to the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society on November 16 during a virtual induction ceremony.
HCC students Surrey Antellon, Brendalyn S. Benton, Jonathan F. Bond, Madison E. Finch, Cadisia N. Fleming, Gina E. Jones, Marquis de Morgan, Michael R. Nicholson Jr., Ethan B. Rowntree, Sonya D. Performed by White and Janine N. Williams swears while holding a lit candle, the flame symbolizing knowledge.
Roanoke Valley Early College student and current PTK member Brianna McKoy kicked off the party with a welcome.
She was followed by Jaquan Edmonds, an early Northampton College student and member of the PTK, who offered an invitation.
HCC student and PTK member Tiffany Taylor introduced Lakara Ramsay, a third grade teacher at Central Elementary in Jackson, as a keynote speaker. Ramsey is a recent graduate of Elizabeth City State University.
Ramsay, a former HCC student and member of the PTK, began her keynote by congratulating the fall 2021 members of the PTK class on their introduction.
I explained to PTK mentors that they should strive to become more than excellent students because many colleges, universities, and employers will consider whether they have held leadership positions and volunteered in their communities.
It has tasked recruits with becoming a close citizen by participating in extracurricular activities, living in the present moment, setting themselves up to reach personal and professional goals and focusing on honing soft skills and hard skills.
“Multiple sclerosis. Ramsey embodies the caliber of our group of students at PTK,” said Gary Redding, teacher of English and Criminal Justice, concluding Ramsey’s remarks. “Together we do our part to balance our academic pursuits with community engagement and I am confident that these students will remain vigilant, resilient and successful as they continue their journeys to the greater world.”
Redding has also shared PTK’s recent array of activities and workshops, including the PTK Financial Education Workshop, College Transfer and Application Seminar, Art Therapy and Painting Workshop and a holiday donation drive for local seniors.
HCC leaders also offered words of encouragement.
Jeffrey Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs, called on PTK recruits to face and embrace life’s challenges.
Barbara Bradley Hesty, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, has also inspired PTK volunteers to continue setting and achieving academic goals at HCC and beyond. Michael Elam, President of HCC, concluded the ceremony with closing remarks reminding recruits to strive for the hallmarks of PTK: scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.