HCTC celebrates Phi Theta Kappa inductees

HCTC inductees into PTKPhi Theta Kappa inductees at HCTC include, front row, from left: Makayla Lewis, Bessie Pridemore, Kristina Epperson, Sheila Jacobs, Tessa Beder, Barbara Adkins. Back row, from left: Melissa Noble, Kristin Baker, Tiffany Quinlan, Raelena Wilson, Jennifer Ritchie, Jared Smith, and Gary Lewis.

The Phi Theta Kappa honor society inducted 27 Hazard Community and Technical College students into its Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter on March 24 in the First Federal Center.

Dr. Deronda Mobelini, University Center of the Mountains director, was the keynote speaker. Opening remarks were made by Provost and Vice President of Academic Services Dr. R. Kathy Smoot. Renee Back, PTK advisor and professor, provided the welcome. Michael Combs, PTK advisor and associate professor, introduced the guest speaker. Dr. Randy Moon and Chestina Turner, PTK advisors, assisted with the induction ceremony.

New officers of PTK are: Tiffany Quinlan, president; Tia Marie Slone, vice president; Raelena May Wilson, secretary; and Leah Ann Combs, treasurer.

The students inducted were: Barbara Adkins of Viper, Cillesha Ann Ashworth of Viper, Kristin Nicole Baker of Hazard, Mikenzi Shea Barton of Hazard, Tessa Michelle Beder of Hazard, Leah Ann Combs of Jeff, James D. Elliott of Isom, Kristina Epperson of Hazard, Billy Jordan Helton of Fisty, Blake Alexander Jackson of Roark, David Chadwick Jackson of Roark, Sheila Ann Jacobs of Pippa Passes, Angeline Rhea Jones of Chavies, Gary Wayne Lewis of Happy, Makayla Nicole Lewis of Busy, Melissa Kaye Noble of Hazard, Chasidy Lynn Palacios of Dwarf, Bessie Ann Pridemore of Hazard, Tiffany Lauren Quinlan of Hazard, Jennifer Lynn Ritchie of Hazard, Tia Marie Slone of Hindman, Angelina Kelli Smith of Leburn, Jared David Smith of Essie, Julie A. Thomas of Hazard, and Raelena May Wilson of Hazard.

Phi Theta Kappa was established by Missouri two-year college president in 1918. PTK serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.