Vance-Granville Community College recognized 49 students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, on April 16 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward their degrees.
As advisors for VGCC’s PTK chapter, instructors Karen Feezor, Isaac Talley and Maureen Walters conducted the ceremony. Walters, the head advisor, told the new inductees and their families and friends in attendance that since VGCC's chapter of PTK, “Alpha Sigma Chi,” was chartered in 1991, more than 1,900 students have been selected for induction. She said that while scholarship is the first aim of PTK, the society also encourages fellowship, leadership development and service to others, and she noted that the letters Phi Theta Kappa stand for the Greek words for "Wisdom," "Aspiration" and "Purity."
Serving as guest speaker for the ceremony was Eddie Ferguson of Henderson, the director of Vance-Granville Community College’s Endowment Fund. Ferguson spoke about the pillars of PTK service including high moral standards. He challenged students to “focus on trust and integrity” and encouraged the inductees to “be sensitive to the needs of others and those less fortunate.” Ferguson praised the accomplishments of the students stating that their “education strengths are being recognized” but also reminded them to be mindful of how they have gotten here and that they have “achieved because others sacrificed to give you support.” He challenged students to be good citizens of their communities by being aware and sensitive to the needs of their communities and to remember that service is about giving, not self-service. He also recognized VGCC president, Dr. Rachel Desmarais and the rich 50-year history of VGCC in serving the communities of Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties.
This year’s inductees into the Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are:
From Franklin County
Jane Jones, Alexis Lincoln, Rebecca Middleton and Destiny Southard, all of Franklinton;
Gricel Arroyo, Kaleb Pulley and Elizabeth Wiggins, all of Louisburg;
Jamie Lin of Wake Forest;
Brandon Ball and Emily Dubis, both of Youngsville.
From Granville County
Gloria Evans and Caroline Williamson, both of Bullock;
Glenn Burgess, Adrianna De Nuzzia, Akilah Hyatt, Charlene Kearney and Mia Wireman, all of Creedmoor;
Sana Algathi, Christy Beasley, Christian Hargrove, Elaine Osgood, Erin Whitt and Alexander Wilkinson, all of Oxford;
Tony Schuenemann of Stem.
From Vance County
Katie Bean, Kimberly Crews, Herbert Davis, Jose DeLeon, Matthew Denton, Koty Glover, Tania Hunter, Qwaondra Miller, Caroline Nutt, Penny Phan, Tyler Thorp and Hannah Wells, all of Henderson;
Ethan Cole and Matthew Varker, both of Kittrell.
From Warren County
Caleb Brauer of Norlina;
Monique Alston of Manson;
Shoaeeb Hauter and Quinten Perrineau, both of Warrenton.
From Wake County
Lewis Carr of Raleigh;
Sabrina Bedard of Wake Forest;
Sheronda Mann of Zebulon.
From other counties
Brenda Rodriguez Morales of Durham;
Charles White of Hurdle Mills;
Lily Averette of Rougemont.
Above: VGCC students from Vance County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 16 included, on front row, from left: Tania Hunter, Kimberly Crews, Gloria Evans, and Katie Bean; and on back row, from left, Matthew Varker, Herbert Davis, Matthew Denton, and Koty Glover. (VGCC Photo)
Above: VGCC students from Granville county who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 16 included, on front row, from left: Mia Wireman, Caroline Williamson, Alexis Lincoln, and Ethan Cole; on back row, from left, Erin Whitt, Christian Hargrove, Glenn Burgess, and Alexander Wilkinson. (VGCC photo)
Above: VGCC students from Franklin county who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 16 included, on front row, from left, Emily Dubis, Jamie Lin, and Sheronda Mann; on back row, from left, Kaleb Pulley and Brandon Ball.
Above: VGCC students from Durham and Warren counties who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 16 included Brenda Rodriguez Morales and Caleb Brauer. (VGCC Photo)