Local students inducted into PTK


GOLDSBORO - Wayne Community College’s Upsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, has inducted 67 new members.

In lieu of an in-person event, the chapter released a fall induction ceremony video on Dec. 6. The virtual celebration incorporated elements of the traditional rite such as the presentation of the society’s golden key, lighting candles that represent the torch of knowledge and repeating the Oath of Membership. 

WCC faculty and staff included congratulatory messages.

Inductees from southern Wayne County and Duplin County were:

Stephen Allen Heffernan (Calypso, industrial systems technology), Chase Shane Brown (Dudley, associate in arts), Abner David Velasquez Roblero (Dudley, computer-integrated machining), Ari Cruz Cortez (Mount Olive, associate in arts), Donald Robert Deaver (computer-integrated machining), Karina Janethe Parra (associate in science), Jonathan Velasquez-Escalante (business administration), Riley Wood (associate in arts) and Andrea Geraldinne Rosales Contreras (Rose Hill, criminal justice technology-forensic science).

Phi Theta Kappa members represent the top 10 percent of students enrolled in two-year schools. To be invited into the society, WCC students must show academic achievement with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and have completed at least 16 hours of associate degree course work.

The organization’s purpose is “to foster a spirit of devotion to study and to scholarly ideas among its members and whose principles are embodied in our Greek letters,” said chapter advisor Katie Holloman, who noted that PTK is a “scholarly fellowship which embraces community colleges not only in North Carolina but the nation and the world.”


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