(Front row, left to right): April Dorney, Lori Graham, Loan Ngo, Jacey Schwarzlose, Sarah Larry, Brooke Salhani
(Middle row, left to right): Sydney Zimmerman, Morgan Inyart, Sydney Peterson, Sarah Collins, Callie Dunkel, Brett Arnold, Breeanna Henson, Chloe Benedict, Eliza Hulfachor, Malarie Hargrave, Madalyn Hammel
(Back row, left to right): Matthew Cheesman, Taylor Roosevelt, Sidney Heldt, Caua Ferreira, Triston Dillard, Parker Wilkinson, Julie Alka, Kanah Smith, Mark Gruibb
Thirty-seven students were initiated into the Rho Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on April 14 at Wabash Valley College. The officers conducting the ceremony were: President Peyton Farmer, Vice President Jeremiah Deckard, Secretary Carrie Gomez, and Treasurer Bailey Winters.
The 2016 Rho Psi initiates were: Julie Alka, Brett Arnold, Trey Beckman, Chloe Benedict, Lyndsey Beebe, Matthew Cheesman, Amber Coleman, Sarah Collins, Natalie David, Triston Dillard, April Dorney, Callie Dunkel, Shelby Ennis, Caua Ferreira, Lori Graham, Mark Grubb, Madalyn Hammel, Malarie Hargrave, Sidney Heldt, Breanna Henson, Eliza Hulfachor, Morgan Inyart, Andrea Jordan, Taylor Klein, Sarah Larry, Loan Ngo, Caitlin Noll, Sydney Peterson, Quaid Rodgers, Taylor Roosevelt, Brooke Salhani, Lacey Schwarzlose, Kanah Smith, Cody Wall, Parker Wilkinson, Lacey Wilzbacher, and Sydney Zimmerman.
Presentation of the Phi Theta Kappa 2016 Scholarships was by Faculty Advisor Brenda Phegley. Since 1984, the local Rho Psi Chapter has awarded $9,500 in scholarships. Students must complete an application form and write an essay. Applicants are judged on G.P.A., involvement in activities, and the essay. The recipients of the $100 scholarships are Peyton Farmer and Carrie Gomez.
Peyton is from Mt. Carmel. While attending WVC, she has received recognition on the CEO’s Honors List and Who’s Who Among American Colleges. She has also been a member of the Social Services Club, and she has participated in events, such as the Polar Plunge and Toys for Tots. Peyton also works on the WVC campus; she is the assistant to the Director of Enrollment. Other activities include being an elementary youth leader at Parkview Christian Church and completing an internship at the Child Advocacy Center. Peyton will transfer to the University of Southern Indiana, where she will major in Social Work.
Carrie is originally from Tell City, Indiana, and she has lived in Mt. Carmel for the past few years. Carrie has received recognition on the CEO’s Honors List and Who’s Who Among American Colleges. She has also been President of the Social Services Club, and she has participated in events, such as the Polar Plunge and Toys for Tots. She has also been a member of TRIO, and she has volunteered for Valley Days.
Carrie is a member of Parkview Christian Church. She will transfer to Indiana Wesleyan University, where she will major in Social Work.
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized intellectual achievement in American two-year colleges since 1918. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is conferred on those students of the community college who have “established academic excellence as judged by the college faculty.” Initiates must have completed at least one semester of community college work, achieved at least a cumulative 3.5 G.P.A., and must possess qualities of good citizenship. Since its founding, Phi Theta Kappa has been the national honor society for American community colleges.