Honoring new members’ academic achievements

Elizabeth Carson

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Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society held its induction ceremony on Nov. 30 in City College’s V building theater. The organization was established in 1918 and recognized as the official International Honors Society of the two-year college in 1929.

City College President Terrence Burgess spoke at the initiation, stating that PTK offers students many benefits including enhanced transfer options, access to scholarships and the ability to network with other successful people. Burgess told the inductees that they have taken the first step toward a bright future by surrounding themselves with other successful people. In his speech he outlined “You Can Make it Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success” by Stedman Graham, a book that was given to him by a previous Phi Theta Kappa president.

After Burgess spoke the initiation ceremony took place, with PTK President Sergio Sandovol lighting candles symbolizing torches of knowledge for each of the 19 inductees. After being inducted into the club, many new members joined older members to take the officer’s pledge alongside the club’s two advisors.

After taking their pledge, both advisors spoke to the members of PTK. Elizabeth Meehan focused on the PTK ideal of commitment to the community. She stated that members of PTK must link scholarship to service and urged members to “Reach out to all your classmates who are struggling to find their place.”

Advisor Rapheal Alverez told students “PTK is not making you who you are … You have made you who you are.” He praised the inductees and members for choosing a path of success.

For more information about City’s chapter of PTK including how to join and the benefits of becoming a member, visit their website at www.sandiegocityptk.com. 

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