Phi Theta Kappa Celebrates New Members

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 15, 2023) – Wake Tech's Beta Alpha Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society welcomed more than 80 new members during a Wednesday night induction ceremony on the Southern Wake Campus.

The international academic honor society for two-year colleges offers opportunities for scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship for students in associate degree programs. Wake Tech's PTK chapter earned five-star status for the first time last year. Colleges earn the distinction by completing a list of criteria, including leadership development courses, international convention participation, research-based projects and other activities to enhance the personal and academic growth of members.

The ceremony featured guest speaker state Rep. Cynthia Ball, who encouraged the inductees to be lifelong learners.

"Congratulate yourself on your achievement, and I encourage you to keep yourselves serious about your studies after Wake Tech and go on and choose to be leaders," Ball said.

She and her husband, David Aspnes, sponsor a scholarship at Wake Tech for future teachers.

The ceremony also included the installation of chapter officers for 2023-24. They are Angelina Yang, president; Grace Linares, vice president, Perry Health Sciences Campus; Nola Ruit Craig, vice president, Scott Northern Wake Campus; Carson Whitehurst, vice president, Southern Wake Campus; Robert Cipriano, publicity secretary and Emma Frances Lamb, recording secretary. The installation was presented by Wake Tech student Zoe Horne, who serves as PTK North Carolina Vice President of the Carolinas Region.

Family members and friends proudly watched as inductees were presented with a white rose, symbolizing beauty, purity and intelligence.

Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for membership. Here are this year's inductees:

  • Syed Abbas
  • Agwu Agwu
  • Alaric Ani
  • Emerson Ayala Recinos
  • Sugandh Bhardwaj
  • Denise Borgna
  • Andreeka Bowen
  • Caroline Briley
  • Jaden Briley
  • Victoria Burgess
  • Violet Callahan
  • Mario Cano
  • Bradley Carroll
  • Linda Cayton
  • Deborah Crawford
  • Natalya Danajka
  • Sydney Davis
  • Teniel De Lucia
  • Finley Dickens
  • Christine Dimal
  • Ashley-Suzanne Driver
  • Gabrielle Dunston
  • London Evans
  • Paris Evans
  • Natalie Fielding
  • Olivia Fitzpatrick
  • Corben Gardner
  • Britanie George
  • Joseph Goheen
  • Jonas Goodwin
  • Mario Guzman Damaso
  • Xia Hahn
  • Sarah Harvey
  • Valentin Hernandez Martinez
  • Megan Hinesley
  • Marielise Ishak
  • Beatrice Kincaid
  • Olivia Kness
  • Chase Koster
  • Eduardo Enrique Lemus Calderon
  • Jarred Light
  • Estephanie Linares
  • Vania Llerena Mezones
  • Viktoriya Luchkevych
  • Selena Luck
  • Daniel Lurie
  • Tyler Macgregor
  • Rigi Mavungu
  • Anita Meredith
  • Leora Milner
  • Olivia Moore
  • Rosy Morales Castro
  • Dargan Mould
  • Catherine Nau
  • Chana Nel
  • Dennis Nometa
  • Joshua Nunnery
  • Brandon Olcott
  • Samantha Olivar
  • Mary Otis
  • Deniz Ozturk
  • Jennifer Padilla
  • Ethan Pelton
  • Jade Phan
  • Mason Redd
  • Ian Redman
  • Jason Riddle
  • Sharon Riley
  • Nadia Rivera
  • Latoya Rivers
  • Jonas Rozario
  • Duaa Safder
  • Joseph Sanchez
  • Zoe Sewell
  • Sabrina Shibu
  • Ryan Softa
  • Jordan Walker
  • Logan Watkins
  • Jessica Weber
  • Xavier Wilson
  • Jordan Woodell
  • Brittany Young

Chapter advisors are Associate Registrar Michelle Capps, History Professor Steven Hill, Humanities Professor Dr. Jean-Pierre Kamuabo, Liberal Arts assistant to the dean Rhonda Thomason, Associate Professor of Psychology David Thompson and History Professor James Wils.

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