MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter salutes new members

New PTK inductees are recognize as they walk across the McCain Theater stage to get their certificates from MCC President Dr. Tom Huebner.
New PTK inductees are recognize as they walk across the McCain Theater stage to get their certificates from MCC President Dr. Tom Huebner.

One hundred and seventeen Meridian Community College students were installed as new members of the Nu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during a ceremony held in the McCain Theater. 

Phi Theta Kappa is the international academic honor society for community and junior colleges. The organization promotes leadership, scholarship, service, and fellowship. Membership is open to any student who has earned 12 semester hours and has a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. MCC hosts the Nu Upsilon chapter. 

Guest speaker Dr. Barbara McMillian, president of Blue Mountain Christian University, congratulated the inductees noting that becoming a member of PTK is a high honor and an affirmation of their commitment to academic excellence. 

Dr. McMillian also shared with the audience that being prepared requires having an ample supply of intellectual virtues. She explained writer Philip E. Dow, author of “Virtuous Minds,” explored the theory that intellectual virtues include courage, carefulness, tenacity, fair-mindedness, curiosity, honesty, and humility. 

 "You have thinking habits. What are good thinking habits? They're also called the intellectual virtues," she said. 

MCC President Dr. Tom Huebner said PTK inductions are always exciting for him. "I get to stand in front of the best and the brightest, and I encourage you that no matter who you are or where you are, you set the bar high. You can achieve the goals you want to achieve," he said. 

Fall 2022 inductees include Allison Beard, Zymia Brown, Cora Bucurel, Maggie Bush, Meagan Cade, Rebecca Coonce, Savannah Cunningham, Chloe Davis, SeDerrick Davis, Hannah Dover, Ean Fisher, Teonna Gadson, Gary Gibson, Savannah Henley, James Hernandez, Candace Hill, Isaac James, Milana Lea, Sarah McCoy, Brittney McDaniel, Dalton McIntyre, Jordan McKee, Darlene McLaughlin, Joeye McWilliams, Aaliyya Mendiola, David Mixon, Colton Mozingo, James Pegues, Loryn Rainer, Thomas Richards, Garrett Riggs, Jacob Smith, Jacoby Tanner, Ember Temple, Kimberly Tyson, Jayla Vance, Kiersten White, and India Whittle. 

Spring 2023 inductees include Matthew Alexander, Emily Arias, Christina Bell, Jean Betancourt, Julia Blackledge, Steven Brady, Tristan Buckalew, Gracie Bunyard, Madison Carr, Destiny Chisolm, William Clark, Phallyn Clark, Sarah Clay, William Cline, Jake Coats, Sarah Cooksey, Amari Davis, Cali Davis, Kayla Davis, Shanya Davis, Tyler Davis, Henrique Dos Anjos Dainez, Seantia Dukes, Ayden Edwards, Savannah Edwards, Brandon Epting, Cameron Ezell, Noah Garner, James Germany, Keri Hans, Colbert Hathcock, Dawson Hester, Macey Hill, Jadazia Hillie, Emily Hocker, Ashley Hollman, Hanna Homra, Samantha Howell, Haley Jenkins, Khadeja Johnson, Olivia Joles, John Jones, Lynnzie Kennedy, Samuel Ketchum, Tulsa Kirk, Cora Manning, Thiago Martins Fasano, Dorcia Mayer, Tabitha Mayfield, Jake McElroy, William Mitchell, Keleigh Moore, Nathan Mott, Dhilan Patel, Angel Plott, Josie Reid, Lauren Reid, Ronald Ries, Justin Scott Jr., Matthew Scott, Riley Sheppard, Peyton Simpson, Macy Smith, Meadow Smith, Karlee Sullivan, Isabel Susunaga, Sarah Swift, Sidney Taylor, David Vick, Ashley Viverette, Regan Wagner, Landon Waters, Christopher Watson, Jon David Weed, Christopher Williams, Lane Williams, Jayden Williams, Emmanuel Wilson and Emma Winstead.