Dedicated and distinguished

PTK Omicron Iota chapter awarded for an accomplished year


Jordan Weston, Staff Writer

Schoolcraft’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Omicron Iota chapter travelled to Denver, Colorado April 6-9, to attend Catalyst, PTK’s annual international convention. Nearly 1300 college chapters within the United States and the world gathered to celebrate their hard work and achievements throughout the previous year.

At this interactive convention, attendees are given the opportunity to listen to high profile speakers, attend breakout sessions and take part in the election of the new international officer team. The international judges committee scores the College and Honors in Action projects that each chapter are encouraged to participate in. There are awards given that recognize individual and chapter hallmark award recipients.

Schoolcraft’s Omicron Iota chapter continued the tradition of excellence by receiving once again a 5 star chapter status and taking home the 19th most distinguished chapter (out of 1300 chapters in the society) as well as Most Distinguished College Project awards.

The Michigan region received the Most Distinguished Chapter before Catalyst, in which the Michigan region was placed first, making Schoolcraft the first in Michigan. Schoolcraft also received the highest-scoring college project and was the first runner-up for honors in action throughout the Michigan region. The chapter was top five for Most Distinguished Chapter at Catalyst, receiving the distinguished college project award. 

“It shows that the entire chapter’s hard work and dedication paid off,” said PTK Omricron Iota Chapter president Abigail Walters in reference to the awards. “It’s been a tough year. All of the members had a lot to manage with school, family, and friends are all on top of the projects for the program. It was an enormous responsibility and a lot of work. It’s nice to receive the recognition and know that it was all worth it.”

It was a team effort, and Walters is thankful for all her fellow PTK members. 

The 2021-22 PTK officer team consists of: Abigail Walters, Chapter President, Meeta Singh, Vice President of Service, Erin Bressler, Vice President of Leadership, Madison Ling, VP of Communication an Catreese Qualls, SAO Office Liaison/Mentor/International Vice President Division 3 to PTK.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international honorary scholastic society done through two-year colleges. PTK offers associate degree programs to students who have completed at least 12 credit hours while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. There are two types of memberships offered through the PTK, The general membership, and the Par Excellence membership. The general membership is offered to students who meet the criteria and pay a one-time membership fee of $110.00. The Par Excellence membership is for existing members and has earned six stars. One star is earned for every four hours of service completed. PTK is a very prestigious program that offers many opportunities for the invited students.

For more information on joining Schoolcraft’s PTK Omricron Iota chapter contact the Student Activities Office at 734-462-4422.