Eastern students inducted into academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa


WILBURTON, OK (April 25, 2018) – Forty-two 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 its website, the mission of Phi Theta Kappa 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. Recently, the chapter claimed its eighth consecutive victory in a contest among 20 Oklahoma colleges and universities by registering 10.9 percent of the in-state student population to vote. The chapter also registered the highest proportion of out-of-state students at 9.9 percent.

“We are proud to welcome these new members and honor their success,” said Brenda Kennedy, chapter advisor and dean 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.

Kennedy said 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 three 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 their membership is noted on official college transcripts.

Those inducted this spring include: Penny Amason, Kiowa; Caryse Bateman, Shawnee; Cassie Bates, Red Oak; John Boggs, Cameron; Elizabeth Breslin, McAlester; Kaylee Bryson, McAlester; Jessika Calhoon, Farmington, Arkansas; Taylor Compton, McAlester; Tegan Crum, Wilburton; Elijah Davis, Conway, Arkansas; Jasmyn Davis, Mangum; McKinnah Denny, Stigler; Tien Do, Houston, Texas; Garrett Dodd, Resaca, Georgia; Jerrid Edgington, Poteau; Alexis Fessler, Moore; Billy Ford, McAlester; Emily Fuller, Broken Bow; Dameon Gonga, Clarksville, Tennessee; MacKenzie Green, Talihina; Robert Heath Hatridge, McAlester; Brandi Henderson, Goshen, Indiana; Melvin Henson, Wewoka; Christopher Herb, Moore; Tanner Jarrett, Ada; Christine Johnson-Waton, Wilburton; Britton Kelley, McAlester; Codi Lamb, Marion, Texas; Kristina Lee, Stigler; Zachary Leonard, Eagletown; Bianca Medina, Hartshorne; Chase Parent, McAlester; James Percifield, Kinta; Adriana Piris-Amarilla, Asuncion, Paraguay; Rhett Pursley, Locust Grove; Madison Rutledge, Wilburton; Nicole Ryan, Shady Point; Dale Shackleford, Noble; Emily Sharp, Wilburton; Ariannah Smith, Idabel; Ashley Thomas, Kinta; and Reed Webb, Lawton.

Eastern students granted membership into Phi Theta Kappa gather together following their induction ceremony. Those inducted include (front row, left to right): MacKenzie Green, Christine Johnson-Watson, Dameon Gonga, Adriana Piris, Alexis Fessler, Madison Rutledge, Kaylee Bryson, Elizabeth Breslin, (middle row) Penny Amason, Taylor Compton, Ariannah Smith, Kristina Lee, Ashley Thomas, Tien Do, Caryse Bateman, Emily Fuller, McKinnah Denny, Britton Kelley, (back row) Billy Ford, Bianca Medina, Cassie Bates, Jerrid Edgington, Tegan Crum, John Boggs, Tanner Jarrett, Melvin Henson, Dale Shackleford and Robert Heath Hatridge.

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