Panola inducts new PTK members

PTK members participating in the induction ceremony included, from left, Hailey Woodworth, Pamela Painter, Rayna Sokol, Katie Alexander, Bethany Roberts, Toluwani Ayodele, Giselle Rico, Brantley Klinger, Hanna Galaviz, Savanna Gwinn, Mya Boyd, Abigail Garcia, Victor Chinaka, and Anayeli Aguilar.

Panola College recognized new inductees into the Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in a ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4. The ceremony was held in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

Students qualifying for membership in the fall semester included Pamela Painter of Marshall; Katie Alexander of Longview; Anayeli Aguilar of Tenaha; Toluwani Ayodele of Lagos, Nigeria; Mya Boyd of Beckville; Victor Chinaka of Dallas; Hannah Galaviz of Shelbyville; Abigail Garcia of Carthage; Savanna Gwinn of Carthage; Brantley Klinger of Henderson; Bethany Roberts of Longview; Giselle Rico of Tenaha; Rayna Sokol of Beckville; and Hailey Woodworth of DeBerry.

Students who qualified for PTK membership but were unable to attend the formal induction ceremony included Dalayna Daw of Joaquin; Emily Liedtke of Carthage; Ladestiny Boyd of Marshall; Jordan Ford of Logansport; Brooke Brown of Marshall; Elizabeth Chavez-Gomez of Center; Drew Diverdi of Center; Madison Isbell of Carthage; Peyton Jones of Carthage; Rebecca Reames of Shreveport; Paige Shedd of Center and Darian Wood of Nacogdoches.

PTK faculty sponsors are math professors Roberta Collinsworth, Chasity Klinger and Emily Zabcik. Student officers for the 2018-2019 year are Alyssa Bell and Christy Corliss.

Corey Johnson, biology professor at Panola College and a PTK alumnus, presented a short program. Sandra Bauer, professor of vocal music and choir director, led the Panola Pipers in two songs.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members in 1,200 chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.