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NMC Honor Society inducts 20 new members (May 15, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society celebrated the induction of 20 new members into the Society on April 13. Family, friends, PTK members and Advisor Larry Lee, NMC President Dr. Sharon Hart, and ASNMC Vice President Richard Pizarro joined in the festivities at the Pacific Islands Club Charley’s Cabaret to honor the new inductees.

In order to qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must distinguish themselves by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, in addition to serving and contributing to the commonwealth through various community service and leadership activities.

The seventeen newest members include students from the accounting, business, computer applications, hospitality management, education, nursing, and liberal arts majors, namely: So Young Ahn, Juliana Arriola, Bradwell Batallones, Jenny Lynn Cabrera, Jonne Roger Cadua, Celestial Jewel Dela Cruz, Cinderella Cuengco, Su Jin Jeon, Jin Young Jeong, Yumin Jun, Hyo Jeong Kim, Kathleen Ann Laurio, Laraine Manimtim, Keneisha Parks, Lani Russell, Elvielynn Santos, and Miracle Villones. Also welcomed into the chapter were three new provisional members, Vanessa Espinosa, Jian Joyner and Coquina Teregeyo.

The induction ceremony was carried out by the current PTK officers President Stacey Demapan, Vice President Olivia Leung, Recording Secretary Beatrice Mesngon, Membership Secretary Harrison Smith, Public Relations Officer Derek Leung, Treasurer Geraldine Hofschneider, and faculty advisor Larry Lee.

Mount Carmel School principal and former NMC Director of Institutional Effectiveness Galvin Deleon Guerrero served as the keynote speaker for the evening, and he inspired the audience with a very motivating address. The formal induction ceremony was followed by a delicious buffet dinner.

An international organization, Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence, leadership, and service in two-year colleges since 1918. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in the 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada, and Germany. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: (1) to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students; and (2) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

For additional information about the NMC chapter, its membership, or activities, contact chapter president Stacey Demapan, or advisor Larry Lee for further information.

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