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MCC recognizes academically distinguished students

November 29, 2018

It’s nice for community college students to be named to the Dean’s List. Being on the list signifies recognition of a student’s academic achievement.

But there’s an even higher honor at Mohave Community College that is shorthand for “academically distinguished.” Being invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society means that a student carries a 3.75 grade point average and has at least 12 college credits racked up.

Nicholas Magee is the current president of PTK at MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus. Membership in PTK is optional, he said, but it has a great perk for those who choose to join – money.

“There are scholarships that are only available to PTK members,” Magee said. “In fact, one person in our chapter just got a $1,000 scholarship through PTK. That more than covers the cost of membership.”

Joining MCC Havasu’s PTK Alpha Chi Chi chapter costs $85, he said.

“That’s a one-time cost for lifetime membership. You get access to additional scholarship money and you can take free leadership training online. Our chapter in Havasu is busy with community service projects, too,” he said. Magee added that in addition to intellectual enrichment and personal development, PTK offers networking opportunities for students.

New PTK members in Havasu will get that networking ball rolling at an induction ceremony for seven new members on Dec. 7. At that event, Havasu’s Mayor Cal Sheehy is the featured speaker. The gathering is limited to inductees, their families, MCC staff and students.

Magee has been PTK president for the current semester and plans to continue in that role for the coming semester. A sophomore, he is pursuing a degree in computer information systems. He is also vice-president of MCC’s student council.

PTK is not a modern idea. Phi Theta Kappa is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1910 with five members at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Today, it has than 3.5 million members in the United States.

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