SEARK College Inducts New Phi Theta Kappa Members
Southeast Arkansas College inducted 29 students into the Beta Gamma Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kapa Honor Society (PTK). SEARK’s own First Lady, Lynette Bloomberg, was the guest speaker. Lynette also serves the college as a Special Projects Coordinator and English instructor. As a PTK member herself, Bloomberg stressed the value of education while also encouraging students to celebrate their accomplishments. Bloomberg commented that life consists of “a recipe of luck, circumstance, and hard work,” pointing out that what “really determines the product of our lives is the hard work we do as we deal with the circumstances and whichever type of luck we’re handed.” Bloomberg reminded the inductees their hard work had earned them the opportunity to become members of PTK, but also that this was only the first of many such successes for them.
This year’s new members include Cherisa Baughman of Pine Bluff, Jon Burr of Pine Bluff, Dillon Campbell of Redfield, Kelsey Chadwick of Star City, Chelsea Davis of Redfield, Debra Deshazier of Pine Bluff, Hannah Donathan of Pine Bluff, Amber Duncan of Sheridan, Jeffery Evins of Dumas, Taylor Gill of Dewitt, Charles Harp of Sheridan, Mary Head of Tillar, Tyfani Hogue of Star City, David Highsmith Jr. of Pine Bluff, Curlee Jenkins Jr. of Monticello, Jeffery Little of Pine Bluff, Sara Lunsford of Pine Bluff Taylor Melhorn of Rison, Tonya Merritt of Jefferson, Ashley Newman of Pine Bluff, Salinea Nickolson of Star City, Jordan Nolan of Warren, Towanna Norman of Pine Bluff, Sands Payton of Jefferson, Dylan Plumlee of Pine Bluff, Matthew Robinson of Star City, Susannah Venditti of Star City, Summer Vinson of Rison and Bradley Wood of Rison.
Advisors for Phi Theta Kappa include Lozanne Calhoun, Deb Pyland, Iry Rice, Lynette Bloomberg, and Lozanne Calhoun.
To be considered for membership into PTK students must be pursuing an associate’s degree, have completed at least 12 hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.
Pictured from left to right: Bradley Wood, Rison; Charles Harp, Sheridan; Sara Lunsford, Pine Bluff; Matthew Robinson, Star City; Taylor Melhorn, Rison; Dylan Plumlee, Pine Bluff; Amber Duncan, Sheridan; Jeffery Evins, Dumas; Salinea Nickolson, Star City; Kelsey Chadwick, Star City; Susannah Venditti, Star City; Hannah Donathan, Pine Bluff; Tonya Merritt, Jefferson; Dillon Campbell, Redfield; Cherisa Baughman, Pine Bluff; Jon Burr, Pine Bluff; Jordan Nolan, Warren; Summer Vinson, Rison; Taylor Gill, DeWitt; and Curlee Jenkins Jr. , Monticello. Not pictured: Chelsea Davis, Redfield; Debra Deshazier, Pine Bluff; Mary Head, Tillar; Tyfani Hogue, Star City; David Highsmith Jr., Pine Bluff; Jeffery Little, Pine Bluff; Ashley Newman, Pine Bluff; Towanna Norman, Pine Bluff; and Sands Payton, Jefferson.