HGTC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins International Awards
HGTC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter is 3rd in the World.
Photo (from left to right): Leila Rogers, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Member, HGTC Sociology Professor; Matthew Defreitas, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Student Team Member; Sherna-lee McFarlane, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Student Team Member; Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President; Jason Hanson, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Student Team Member; Ola Watson, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Student Team Member; Beth Carraway, Carolinas Regional Coordinator for PTK, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Leader, HGTC Accounting Professor; Dr. Amy LeFevre, HGTC Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Member, HGTC Psychology Professor.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce that the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter received international recognition at the PTK Hallmark Awards.
Distinguished College Project Award
HGTC received the Distinguished College Project Award for the HGTC Food Pantry campus project. The purpose of the College Project is to establish a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. The chapter should meet with the college president (or other appropriate administrator) to determine the College Project, which can be anything that supports the college’s mission. HGTC was 1 of 51 Chapters to receive this award.
Distinguished Honors in Action Award
HGTC received the Distinguished Honors in Action Award for the Mental Health Awareness project. Honors in Action Projects incorporate academic research and analysis, action (service or advocacy), collaboration, and impact. Each project is based on a theme from the 2020-2021 Honors Study Topic, To the Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy. HGTC was 1 of 52 Chapters to receive this award.
Beta Alpha Continued Excellence
This award is named for the Beta Alpha Chapter at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. If a chapter is named a Distinguished Chapter for three years consecutively, the chapter will be presented the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award. HGTC was 1 of 13 Chapters to receive this award.
Most Distinguished Chapter, 2nd Finalist placing third in the world
HGTC scored third highest overall in combined Honors in Action Project and College Project Award rankings. Most Distinguished Chapter Finalists are runners-up to Most Distinguished Chapter, ranked in order from Ninth Finalist to First Finalist. HGTC was 1 of 10 finalist to receive this award.
“We cannot begin to express how proud we are of our students who exceeded all expectations during a pandemic. Their teamwork, dedication, and perseverance amazed us and ultimately provided a better college experience at HGTC for their fellow students,” said Beth Carraway, HGTC Accounting Professor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.
The Hallmark Awards Program recognizes superior achievement in PTK’s programs while encouraging excellence, reflecting fairness, recognizing quality, and enhancing individual and chapter development. PTK is guided by four hallmarks including Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. Thousands of entries are received annually, and only the “best of the best” are recognized as Hallmark Award recipients.
“I want to personally congratulate the PTK Chapter at Horry-Georgetown Technical College as a top-ten finalist for Most Distinguished Chapter in the Hallmark Awards program. This award recognizes the very best of more than 1,285 chapters throughout the nation and internationally. In an extremely challenging year, your chapter adapted to this new environment and thrived – this speaks volumes about the leadership of your members and advisors. Congratulations on a job well done,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
The HGTC Distinguished Chapter Student Team Members are Ola Watson, Matthew Defreitas, Jason Hanson, Jessica Wardlaw, Kat McCarthy, Sherna-lee McFarlane, and Jacob Williamson.
The HGTC Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Members are Beth Carraway, Heather Jones, Leila Rogers, and John Sharpe.
To view the list of all 2021 Hallmark Award winners, please visit https://hallmarkawards.ptk.org/.