May 7, 2021
Two local chapters of national honor societies joined forces at Martin Community College (MCC) this spring to virtually induct 68 high achieving MCC students into their ranks. Dr. Deborah Wyman, MCC's Business Administration Instructor and Advisor to Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG) worked with Mary Carson, MCC's Mathematics Instructor and PTK advisor, to create virtual recognition ceremony for the inductees who chose to participate. Thirty-eight MCC students joined PTK and thirty were inducted into ABG. Fifteen students were inducted into both organizations. This year's recognition included the inductees from 2020 since their ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic.
PTK and ABG are both international honor societies for two-year colleges. PTK inductees must have completed at least 12 semester hours with a GPA (grade point average) of at least a 3.5. PTK encourages its members to develop as leaders, serve others, fellowship with other scholars, and engage in the scholarly exchange of ideas and ideals. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. More than 3.5 million students have been inducted since 1918, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation's community colleges
ABG recognizes scholarship among students in business curricula. To be a member of ABG, students must have completed 12 credit hours of study and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. The three ideals of Alpha Beta Gamma are Scholarship, Leadership, and Cooperation. The ABG society was founded in 1970 and currently has over 55,000 members.
The Power Point presentation (with audio and photos of most of the participating inductees) is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/WlP_QplHOck. The ABG inductees received a certificate, pin, membership card, car sticker, and stole for their graduation regalia. The PTK received a certificate and a stole for their graduation regalia.
Inducted into ABG were Madison Beacham, Caroline Briley, Olivia Briley, Jaden Briley, Jean Brownfield, Kristen Buck, Austin Clinefelter, Shea Davis, Lauren Goodwin, Christopher Harrison, Jessica Haywood, Naomia Jones, Kaleigh Jordan, Emily Lancaster, Jazalyn Lewis, Cadence Lewis, Brandon Lilley, Hope McKeel, Tamara Mitchell-Medford, Jaheim Norman, Stephanie Oglesby, Aaliyah Outlaw, Jenna Rawls, Madison Respass, Christie Roberson, Jalaiyah Tann, Tamiya Thompson, Taylor Tucker, Peyton Ward, and Tiffany Zimmerman.
Inducted into PTK were Griffin Atkins, Heidi Bailey, Katherine Barber, Samesha Bland, Holley Brabble, Caroline Briley, Olivia Briley, Lyntinka Cherry, Perris Clayton, Austin Clinefelter, Shea Davis, Kayla Dawson, Alice Ewell, Garrett Gardner, Christopher Harrison, Devan Hicks, Naomia Jones, Kaleigh Jordan, Brandon Lilley, Javian McMillan, Ashtyn McMullen , Nathan Mizell, Aaliyah Outlaw, Jenna Rawls, Christopher Reid, Madison Respass, Christie Roberson, Daija Sams, Jewel Samson, Tabitha Shrader, Amoni Smith, Hunter Tadlock, Taylor Tucker, Grace Tyson, Peyton Ward, Jessica Wells, Tia Woolard, and Tiffany Zimmerman.
Caroline Briley, Olivia Briley, Austin Clinefelter, Shea Davis, Christopher Harrison, Naomia Jones, Kaleigh Jordan, Brandon Lilley, Aaliyah Outlaw, Jenna Rawls, Madison Respass, Christie Roberson, Taylor Tucker, Peyton Ward, and Tiffany Zimmerman were inducted to both PTK and ABG.
MCC President, Wesley Beddard stated, "We are very proud of these students' achievements! We know the hurdles that many have overcome during the last 15 months to continue their education and strive for excellence. Our faculty and staff are their biggest cheerleaders, and we are very honored to have played a part in their success. As a fellow Phi Theta Kappa inductee, I and am doubly proud of their induction into the MCC honor societies."