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Phi Theta Kappa students honored at 2019 All-Kansas Academic Team luncheon

01 April 2019

Two Pratt Community College students joined their peers when Kansas saluted the 57 community college scholars for their academic accomplishments March 7 in Topeka. Representing the state's 19 community colleges, a private college, and a technical college, these scholars were named to the 2019 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.

PCC’s PTK chapter is sponsored by faculty member, Trisha Jackson. The two student award recipients are Jenna Fitzsimmons and Kayley Geesling.

“It was a great honor to be chosen to represent PCC on the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team. The luncheon was fantastic with great speakers and food as well as overwhelming attendance from all different supporters,” said Fitzsimmons. “One of my favorite parts of the luncheon was the Kansas Senators and Representatives joined us and I was able to converse with our own Senator Mary Jo Taylor. I am very thankful for this experience and honored to be a part of such an amazing school and academic society.”

The luncheon was held at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Topeka. Those in attendance included the scholars, members of their families, PTK chapter sponsors, community college administrators and trustees, university representatives, legislators, and members of the Kansas Board of Regents staff. The keynote speaker was Dr. Brian Black of Spirit AeroSystems.

Michael Calvert, President, Michael Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Instruction, Jackson, and Board of Trustee members Stan Reimer and Michele Hamm were also in attendance.

Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus. The student scholars are part of a statewide student body of more than 123,000 students enrolled at the 19 Kansas community colleges.

Each scholar was selected by his or her own community college for the annual statewide academic team, and was presented with a medallion, certificate, and scholarship awards from the Presidents’ and Trustees’ organizations at the Luncheon. Each scholar also is a nominee for the 2019 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by the newspaper USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges. First team members will receive a $2,500 stipend and will be featured along with second and third team members in USA Today. Names of the students will be placed on the Society's website, www.ptk.org.