MCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter collects top awards at international conference

Meridian Community College’s Nu Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa returned from PTK’s 2019 annual convention with top 50 and overall top 100 awards.

In addition to chapter awards, Meridian Community College President Dr. Thomas Huebner was recognized as a Paragon Award winner. This award is given to college presidents and campus CEOs for their outstanding efforts given toward promoting Phi Theta Kappa and its missions. Recipients have served as their campus chief executive officer at their current college three years or less.

MCC sophomore Dunnam Shirley, who serves as MCC’s PTK chapter president, was spotlighted as a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar. Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

MCC’s chapter garnered a College Project Award and Most Distinguished Chapter, both given to top 50 chapters in the organization. Nu Upsilon chapter also earned an Overall Top 100 nod. MCC members Tyler Lacy, Brittney Harrison, Alyssa Spalinger, Shirley and Brian Cockrell and PTK advisors, Phyllis Holladay, Pam Cruse and Lucy Moulds, and MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner attended the convention that was held in Orlando, Fla., and were present at the awards ceremony.

Lacy, who is a Nu Upsilon upcoming officer, said the convention was worth the time and effort. "I learned a lot about what PTK is as an organization and how it works to bring people together from all walks of life to achieve the common goal of enhancing the community college experience for all members." Harrison echoed the sentiments. "Catalyst was such an amazing experience. Meeting new people from all across the US and other nations, spending the best time with our awesome PTK team, and going to Disney World was such a blast. When they called our chapter to come to the stage to receive awards, a wave of joy washed over me as relief from all the hard work had paid off. This trip was a blessing I'll never forget."

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The organization is made up of more than 3.5 million members in 10 nations.

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