CURTIS, Neb. — Twenty students were inducted Wednesday as new members into the Alpha Iota Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Curtis.
Initiates gathered with current PTK members for the annual candle-lighting installation ceremony at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
The academic honorary recognizes academic achievements of students attending a two-year college. It provides opportunities for growth and development through honors, leadership and service.
“Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters,” said Eric Reed, faculty advisor and chair of General Education.
He cited well-known PTK alumni in successful careers and higher education, including NCTA Dean Ron Rosati who attended the ceremony.
The 2019 inductees to Alpha Iota Tau chapter are:
Krista Albers, North Platte
Ethan Aschenbrenner, Scottsbluff
Huntra Christensen, Lincoln
Angela Crouse, Haigler
Morgan Curran, Arapahoe
Dean Fleer, Pierce
Kelly Gordon, Julesburg, Colorado
Kaylee Hostler, Central City
Cari Howell, Lewiston
Jocelyn Kennicutt, Gothenburg
Taylor Lambrecht, Wood River
Catherine Ljunggren, Aurora
Kayla Mues, Cambridge
Alexis Penna, Holley, New York
Luke Peters, Ainsworth
Emily Riley, Norton, Kansas
Amanda Schmidt, Stanton
Chantelle Schulz, York
Aurora Urwiler, Laurel
Anna Whyman, Lincoln
The ceremony was held in conjunction with graduation events honoring the Class of 2019.
Leadership of PTK for 2019-2020 will be President Paige Twohig of Axtell, Vice President Kayla Mues of Cambridge, secretary/treasurer; Krista Albers of North Platte, and Student Senate Representatives Jocelyn Kennicutt of Gothenburg and Aurora Urwiler of Laurel.
Installation was conducted by the 2018-2019 officers, President Peyton McCord, Cairo; Secretary/Treasurer, Leighlynn Obermiller, Grand Island; Historian, Kendra Marxsen, Schuyler; and Student Senate Representatives Shayla Woracek, Maxwell, and Baleigh Miller, Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Throughout the academic year, PTK conducts service projects such as a blood drive with the American Red Cross, sponsors campus activities such as a monthly dance, and hosts community service events.
For information on PTK and academic criteria for members at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, contact Professor Eric Reed.
— Mary Crawford, NCTA News
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