PTK program awarded and honored at state award ceremony
Georgia Highlands College’s Phi Theta Kappa program brought home more honors than any other college in attendance at the All-Georgia Academic Team Awards luncheon in Atlanta.
GHC students Hannah Lively and Michael Vanderberg from the Cartersville campus, Gena Carter and Hillary Rowell from the Marietta campus and Hali Bohannon and Lindsey Miles from the Floyd campus were honored at the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta, overlooking the State Capitol.
All six students were named to the All-Georgia Academic Team, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, and received medallions and commemorative certificates. In attendance were college administrators and students from across the state. Kaleb Wilkes, an alumnus of South Georgia State College, served as keynote speaker.
To be eligible for this honor, students must be nominated by their college to the All-Georgia Academic Team. Nominees are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and outstanding academic performance. Students nominated become eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship and the All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarships. These programs award over $300,000 in scholarships every spring.
“The fact that we had the most students is very impressive,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Renva Watterson said. “These students are not just academic scholars, they also commit to serving the institution and the community. They are very well-rounded individuals.”
PTK members also saw success at the spring PTK Regional Conference Awards banquet held in Athens: 5-star Chapter Status, Distinguished Honors in Action Award for Theme 7-Health and Medicine as Frontiers, Chapter Relations Regional Officer, Distinguished Administrator to Watterson, Student Honors Institute Scholarship to Justin Jones and an Advisor Honors Institute Scholarship to Karen Huggin.
PHOTO: Presenter Ericia Ward-Williams of the Coca Cola Foundation honors GHC Marietta campus student Gena Carter with a medallion at the annual All-Georgia Academic Team Awards Luncheon.