Northwest Florida State College Students Join the Ranks of International Honors Society Phi Theta Kappa

Photo: Twenty of the 34 Northwest Florida State College Phi Theta Kappa inductees stand with Donna Pierson, Faculty Advisor of the five-star Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and Dr. Deborah Kish, Vice President of Teaching and Learning for NWFSC.

NICEVILLE, FL – Thirty-four students of Northwest Florida State College were recognized for their leadership and academic achievements Tuesday, September 3, when they were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society that promotes leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship. Eligibility for membership requires students to have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work and keep a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Phi Theta Kappa members participate in several service projects throughout the school year that benefit both NWFSC and the surrounding community. This year, among other projects, members plan to help Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance bring their Grasses in Classes curriculum to Silver Sands students in Okaloosa County.

During the 2019-2020 induction ceremony, Phi Theta Kappa inductees were charged by Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of NWFSC, to never give up on the dreams that inspire them.

“This induction is a marker that you are distinctive, you are a dreamer,” he said. “Dive into your purpose with a motivation and discover just how big your dreams can be. My challenge to you is to have a dream and make it a reality.”

This year’s inductees included:

Baker: Mikayla Miller

Belle Chasse, La.: Brookelyn Sweeney

Crestview: Aliyiah Brown, Michael Fonseca, Jennifer Giacona, Alex Hutton, Connor Seymour, and Nathan Wright

DeFuniak Springs: Olivia Cloud, Philip Anderson, Michael English, Stephanie Manning, Felicia Permenter, Savannah Thacker and Sadie Varnum

Destin: Ted Duncan, Veronika Kostur and Valeriya Shakurova

Eglin AFB: Aldrick Drennen

Fort Walton Beach: Darien Hardy, Shelby Jones and Zachary Teal

Mary Esther: Carol Ingram

Niceville: Alex Barrera, Sarah Gallego, Abigail Gautreau, Isabella Gautreau, Shawni Jones, Kim Jasmin Lechner, Rebekah Sung and Michelle Tolentino

Paxton: Hailee Bryan

Ponce de Leon: Hannah Brown

Santa Rosa Beach: Diana Bacallao

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