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Highland PTK Scores First International Awardpublished April 30, 2018
The Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, called PTK Catalyst, was held April 19-21 in Kansas City, Missouri, in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Phi Theta Kappa which was founded in 1918 at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. The Alpha Zeta Gamma chapter of Highland Community College had four members -- Obinna Muoh (Benin Republic), Katherine Wist (Hiawatha), Savannah Claire Morgan (Dozier, AL), and Allie York (Sulphur Springs, TX) -- and advisors Margy Heddens and Harry Moeller attend the convention. For the first time, the Highland PTK chapter received an International Hallmark Award for Distinguished Honors in Action Project.
There are around 1,300 chapters in Phi Theta Kappa and only 50 of these awards are given for the Honors in Action project category. The Highland chapter is also a Top 100 chapter, which is based on its Honors in Action and College projects. Only one other chapter in the Kansas/Nebraska Region received an International Hallmark Award (Labette Community College for College Project) and only one other chapter in the region is a Top 100 chapter (Coffeyville Community College). This is a significant achievement for the Highland chapter considering the number of chapters throughout the United States and several countries in the world.
Moeller noted chapter officers Muoh, Wist, Morgan, York, Devon Johnson (Sabetha), Rachel Ellis (Creekside, PA), and member Cailyn Anderson (Troy) did a high level of hard work over the past year that allowed the chapter to receive so many awards. Moeller and Heddins put in a great deal of time and effort as well. Also, as an international vice president, Obinna Muoh was a highly visible presence throughout the convention as he moderated, announced, and handed out awards throughout the convention.