Approximately 70 academically outstanding Rend Lake College students recently were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college scholastic honor fraternity, at a ceremony held in the RLC Theatre.
Membership in PTK is available to full-time students who achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Phi Theta Kappa is the community college equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.
Rend Lake College boasts a charter for a local chapter (Rho Xi) of Phi Theta Kappa. According to the organization’s Web site, the mission of PTK is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters. It is estimated that 200,000 students participate in Phi Theta Kappa programs each year. Annually, more than 90,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.
Inductees from Rend Lake College for 2005 are:
Ashley – Stacey Marie Malick.
Benton – Elizabeth Anne Clements, Drew Edward Frailey, Alisha Ann McCann and Loretta Ann Rice.
Bluford – Christopher Michael Shelton and Amber Marie Youngblood.
Bonnie – Ian Scott Bernard.
Centralia – Lisa Jo Parker.
Christopher – Deanna Nicole Holder, Joanne Varney and Rachel Lynn Sveda.
Coello – Kenneth Shawn Chapman.
Cutler – Christopher Joseph Epplin.
Dahlgren – Terrance Michael-Isaac Wright.
Du Quoin – Matthew Wayne Jackson.
Harrisburg – Rhett Mykel Hughes and Kevin Michael Williams.
Hoyleton – April Marie York.
Ina – Patricia Ann Dearing.
Macedonia – Paula Jean Jamerson.
McLeansboro – Ashley Jennette Blackstone, Maranda Dawn Pedigo, William D. Sandusky, Desiree Dawn Unfried and Zachary L. Zimmerman.
Mt. Vernon – Kristi S. Cox, Kira Raquel Harlan, Ashley Danielle Kash, Pamela Faye Nadolski, Katelyn Marie Rudofski, Jennifer Lynn Scott, Lauren Ashley Whiting, Wendy Marie Banks, Jennifer Ann Barnett, Adam J. Busenbark, Laney Jo Gillespie, Melissa Sue McMahan, Serena Brooke Meritt, Sara Rose Pillers, Tacy Brianne Scott and Timothy Paul Sprinkle.
Mulkeytown – Tony Joseph Bushong, Meghan Marie Fourez, Marsha Louise Lamczyk and Jeffery William Reece.
Nashville – Zachary David Kabat.
Newark, Ark. – Courtney Leigh Magness.
Pinckneyville – Kristen Nicole Davis, Theresa L. Emling, Madison Victoria Hagene, Stefanie Jean Kozuszek, Tamara Sue Liefer, Sandra L. Tite and Ashley N. Winter.
Sesser – Charles L. Brown, Wendy Jo Brown, Darren C. Hutson, Carolyn Sue Loucks and Tera S. Rawson.
Sparta – Stacy Anne White and James Allen Wilson.
Steeleville – David Paul Gramenz.
Tamaroa – Ashley Autumn Provart.
Thompsonville – Andrew Carter Julian and Klara Palhegyi.
Wayne City – Brandi Jo Feather and Kimberly Nicole Wilson.
West Frankfort – Kendall Keith Browning and Allison Nicole Pryor.