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OCC Students Attend PTK Convention

PTK Convention PhotoOlney Central College students joined Phi Theta Kappa members from across the country in Nashville, Tenn., for the honor society’s annual Convention April 6-8.

Attending the event were Torri Frye of Sumner, Heather Vaupel of Dundas, Shelby Jones of Ingraham, Jaclyn Shan of Olney, and Kristen Brian of Olney. They were accompanied by Advisor Amie Mayhall.

While attending PTK Catalyst 2017, the students participated in a number of workshops ranging from leadership and scholarship applications to fundraising and etiquette.

“The conference was spectacular,” said Vaupel. “The speakers were phenomenal and the atmosphere of the conference itself was exhilarating. Having that many members of Phi Theta Kappa all under one roof was a huge encouragement for me. Phi Theta Kappa has pulled me out of my ‘shell’ so to speak. It also has taught me that no goal is impossible to achieve and that anyone can be a leader.”

The event also featured nationally-known speakers including prominent photographer Platon, Dr. Jennifer Arnold, the Medical Director of Texas Children’s Hospital who is featured along with her family on TLC’s docu-drama ‘The Little Couple,” and Jamie Hyneman, special effects expert and host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. Keynote addresses also were given by PTK International President Andrew Porter and PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.

“I am so grateful for the many opportunities that PTK has given me, from leadership development and community involvement to academic scholarships and support,” said Shan. “PTK Catalyst was a memorable way to wrap up my time at OCC. World-renowned photographer Platon was one of the most poignant keynote speakers I have ever heard, and he genuinely gave new meaning to the phrase, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students. The society is made up of more than 3.2 million members in nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

“Being a part of Phi Theta Kappa has been invaluable to my overall educational experience,” Frye said. “As I attended Catalyst, it reminded me that I am a part of something bigger, and I have a duty to be the best student and leader I can be. Our PTK chapter at OCC has truly helped me to come out of my shell, and has given me confidence and a place in my school. As I graduate and move on, I hope to take the lessons that PTK has taught me and apply them not only to myself, but use them to help encourage and teach others. Go Alpha Theta Eta.”

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