Eastern inducts students into academic honor society


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 19, 2019) – Twenty-six academically high-achieving students were recently inducted into the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa during a campus ceremony in Wilburton.

The society was founded in 1918 and is recognized as the official honor society of associate-level institutions and programs. According to their website, Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: recognizing and encouraging academic achievement and providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership service and fellowship programming.

Eastern’s Theta Pi chapter upholds this mission by sponsoring a number of events and initiatives to serve their campus and community. These efforts include an annual Toys for Tots campaign and voter-registration drive. The chapter recently claimed their tenth consecutive victory in a contest among 15 Oklahoma colleges and universities by registering 12.2 percent of Eastern’s in-state student population to vote.

“We are proud to welcome these new members and honor their success,” said Brenda Strange, chapter advisor and dead of the business division. “These students have proven themselves to be competent young adults who embody the values of our college and organization.”

Membership is granted by invitation once certain academic qualifications are met. To qualify, students must have completed 12 to 29 hours of coursework towards an associate degree with a cumulative 3.75 grade point average or more than 30 credit hours with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Induction into Phi Theta Kappa empowers these students with a competitive edge. In addition to becoming eligible for over $37 million in scholarship opportunities, they become part of a network of nearly 3 million fellow scholars. Members also enjoy special benefits and discount offers from the organization’s corporate partners such as GEICO and Bank of America.

Members graduating from Eastern are recognized during commencement ceremonies and have their membership noted on their college transcript.

Those inducted this fall include: Brooklyn Allen, Idabel; Deyton Ashby, Red Oak; Angelica Beck, Atoka; Taylor Blanscett, Sherman, Texas; Carlea Burris, Broken Bow; Makayla Campagna, Red Oak; Jeremy Chapman, Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Rosemary Cortez, Arlington, Texas; Demi Gilbert, Antlers; Skyler Hammons, Wilburton; Victoria Howell, Poteau; Stefanie Jones, Talihina; Austin Lambert, Coalgate; Quinten Laub, Hartshorne; Emerald Lynn, McAlester; Brandon Molina, Lithia, Florida; Aletha Morris, Wright City; Katharine Muncy, Red Oak; Alyssa Osborn, Savanna; Katelyn Oxford, McAlester; Kristen Perry, McAlester; Matthew Reynolds, McAlester; Jose Ruarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Leonardo Schulz, Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Jacob Spradlin, Atoka; Cortney Williams, Talihina.

Eastern students granted membership into Phi Theta Kappa posed together following their induction ceremony. Those inducted include (front row, left to right): Kristen Perry, Katharine Muncy, Taylor Blanscett, Cortney Williams, Angelica Beck, (second row) Demi Gilbert, Brooklyn Allen, Katelyn Oxford, Victoria Howell, Emerald Lynn, Alyssa Osborn, Aletha Morris, Skyler Hammons, (back row) Jeremy Chapman, Matthew Reynolds, Deyton Ashby, Jacob Spradlin and Quinton Laub.

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