Newcomers Join MWCC International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa
GARDNER -- MWCC’s Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society inducted new members last Thursday.
“This honor society is here to help you reach your goals,” said Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa President Rachel Fortier.
During the chapter’s induction ceremony on May 2, the newest members of the organization were inducted into the honor society for high-achieving community college students. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
“This provides an opportunity, a level of support and a level of drive for you as you reach for your goals,” MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “I’m very thankful for the program overall, but I am just awed by your accomplishments to be here because I know it takes a lot of sacrifice both academically and socially to get to this point.”
The students were told to aim high by the ceremony’s keynote speaker state Sen. Stephen Brewer. A great many things will change throughout their lives, he told the students, but hard work and innovation will always serve them well. He told the students that not only can they dream big, but that they should.
“This is an important achievement that you have. It will serve you well in further educational opportunities and certainly in employment opportunities as well,” said Brewer. “The life you are about to go into is moving, it’s exciting, it’s daunting, and it’s also uncertain.”
This year’s new inductees include:
Ashburnham: Andrew Dorion
Ashby: Victoria Boyer and Janie Martin
Athol: Monica Bonner and Barbara Logan
Ayer: Kendra Bond
Baldwinville: Magdalen Bresee and Dejia Rodriguez
Fitchburg: Ammar Alkayal, Ayana Brodeur-Edmonds, Maria Burnett and Dazia Robertson
Gardner: Kaitlyn Aube, James Bargnesi, Cassparina Carlson, Kevin McDonald, Sidney Myers and Zachary Pavlosky
Hubbardston: Joshua Macomber
Leominster: Abraham Bravo, Audra Brown, Ayden Carrier, Nelson Garcia, Sahar Ghavimi, Helen Kamau, Julie McNamara, Angel Mendez, Patrick Newton, Jessica Palermo and Tremaine Pinnock
Lunenburg: Gina Leone
Townsend: Thomas Sullivan
Westminster: Jonathan Lerew and Bridgette Martin
Winchendon: Michael Anderson, Elaina Buckler and Michel Cocuzza.