Halifax Community College held a fall semester induction ceremony to induct 13 new members into the Alpha Eta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
The fall 2022 PTK inductees were Justin Alston, Nathan Aston, Hailey Clemmons, Caitlin Davis, Annelise Edwards, Abigail Gray, Kearston Higgs, Takiyah Joyner, Aiham Kaiwan, Taniya Moody, McKenzie Perry, Genevieve Petrillo, and Parish Robinson.
PTK President Brianna McKoy welcomed the attendees to the ceremony, and Vice president Jaquan Edmonds shared an invocation.
Dr. David Forester, acting HCC president and vice-president of administrative services, followed with a presentation of the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
PTK member Aniya Pittman introduced Larrell Lewis, a learning and success coach at HCC, as the keynote speaker.
Lewis, a former HCC student and PTK member, is originally from Scotland Neck.
After graduating from HCC with an Associate in Arts in fall 2017, Lewis went on to earn a bachelor of arts in political science from North Carolina Wesleyan University in May 2019.
Lewis emphasized in his speech that the PTK inductees should “stay focused on your daily tasks and goals, don’t be afraid to seek advice, and find what you are passionate about.”
Following Lewis’s speech, Gary Redding and Ellen Divens, PTK co-advisors, honored the late PTK member Marquis Morgan by presenting his mother, MarQuita Silver-Walker, and family with a framed shadow box that included his PTK graduation regalia.
Morgan was a dual-enrolled student at Halifax County Early College and Halifax Community College.
HCC’s leaders concluded the ceremony with special words of encouragement.
Dr. Jeffery Fields, vice-president of academic affairs, recognized the inductees’ families, teachers, college liaisons, and others for supporting their students during school and extracurricular activities.
Dr. Barbara Bradley-Hasty, vice-president of enrollment management and student services, reminded the inductees to continue to do well academically as they pursue their lofty academic goals.
Forester concluded the ceremony by thanking all participants and organizers and encouraging the inductees to continue to strive for academic excellence at HCC and beyond.
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations.