On the first day of spring, the deck of the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center held the newest members of the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. EGSC President Bob Boehmer welcomed students and their friends and family, focusing on the value of service and participation in chapter activities. Chapter president Brannon Braddock explained the two-part mission of Phi Theta Kappa: to encourage academic achievement and to provide opportunities through leadership and service and shared highlights of the chapter’s activities and events last year.
Secretary Trent Young then invited the students to come forward and light candles to begin their induction into the Beta Iota Beta chapter and explained the society’s history and symbolism. Braddock led the students in reciting the oath of membership over candles signifying the transfer of knowledge and then through the signing of the roster of members. Dr. Boehmer and Dr. Tim Goodman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, completed the induction by presenting certificates to each inductee.
In order to join Phi Theta Kappa, students must complete at least 12 hours with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Each semester, a select group of East Georgia students receive invitations to join this society.
This spring, Beta Iota Beta welcomed 29 students: Joel Cammack of Blythe, Joseph Canady of Twin City, Malcolm Collier of Hephzibah, Maryssa Davis of Martinez, Carlie Dixon of Kite, Ayanna Dobson of Rincon, Caleb Ely of Twin City, Bethaney Fortner of Kite, Paris Glasper of Jonesboro, Amber Grimes of Twin City, Susanna Hall of Bartow, Destiny Hartfield of Statesboro, Brea Heard of Atlanta, Kayla Hodges of Bartow, Desmond Jordan of Vidalia, Destinee Lanier of Statesboro, James Lee of Garfield, Rachel Lowry of Thomaston, Robert Merritt of Augusta, Kirstyn Morris of Swainsboro, Richard Nasser of Evans, Cardarius Palmer of Statesboro, Priteshbhai Patel of Vidalia, Olivia Silva of Augusta, Laina Skrine of Portal, Timothy Stahl of Statesboro, Neasyie Suggs of Millen, Sierra Suggs of Millen and Emily Thompson of Claxton.