Eight students make PTK Academic Team

December 5, 2017


     Eight Pearl River Community College students will be honored next spring as member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team.

     For the first time, PTK chapters can nominate two students working towards career-technical AS Degrees or certificates as well as two students working towards AA Degrees.

     The Beta Tau Gamma chapter nominees at the Forrest County Center are Lorenzo Catlett of Hattiesburg, Michael Evans of Purvis, Melissa Novak of Hattiesburg and Jonathan Parks of Petal.

The Iota Mu chapter nominees on the Poplarville campus are Alejandra Alcantara of Catlett Carriere, Heath Greenlee of Columbia, Gage Kennedy of Kiln, and Shelby king of Sumrall.

     As team members, they will be eligible to compete for a number of scholarships awarded through PTK and Coca-Cola.

     Catlett, 19, is President of the Forrest County Center Honors Institute, vice president of Beta Tau Gamma PTK chapter and regional webmaster and a member of the Science Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Sigma Kappa Delta, History and Humanities Club, Chess Chub, and Videogame Club. He received the Coca-Cola Leader of Promise scholarship.

     A pre-med major, he plans to attend Mississippi State University to study physical therapy with a long-range goal of becoming a physical therapy doctor.

     Evans, 19, is an electronics technology student planning to enter the workforce after graduation. he is president of Sigma Kappa Delta and vice president of Beta Tau Gamma PTK chapter and the History and Humanities Club and a founding member and vice president of the Music Club.

     Novak, 19, is a general studies major planning to transfer to the University of Mississippi to earn an accounting degree before attending law school. She is a member of Who's Who in American Community Colleges, vice president of the Science Club, Beta Tau Gamma and the Honors Institute as well as being a Coca-Cola Leader of Promise scholar. She is also a member of Sigma Kappa delta, Mu Alpha Theta, History and Humanities Club, Travel Club and the Student Government Association.

     Parks, 32, is a President's List scholar and member of PTK and is a work-study employee of the Forrest County Center electronics lab. He is studying electronics engineering technology/biomedical equipment repair with the goal of a career as a biomedical technician or an aerospace industry test technician.

     Alcantara, 20, is an Iota Mu PTK chapter vice president, a member of the Honors Institute and Student Alumni Association and a Dean's and President's List scholar. She plans to transfer to MSU to study architecture.

     Greenlee, 20, is a instrumentation and technology major with a 4.0 GPA in three semesters. He was a wide receiver on the Wildcat football team, is a member of PTK and is a President's List scholar. He plans to enter the workforce after graduation.

     Kennedy, 20, is an Honors Institute student, vice president of the Iota Mu PTK chapter, a member of the Stem Club and SGA and a peer leader/tutor a Student Support Services. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at MSU. 

     King, 20, is a member of PTK, Sigma Kappa Delta and the Science Club. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree at William Carey University and then specialize in obsetrics and gynecology.

     Beta Tau Gamma advisors are Dr. Doug Donohue, Dr. Amanda Parker, Dr. Ryan Ruckel and Dr. Terri Ruckel.

     Iota Mu advisors are Trevor Hunt, Jeff McCoy, Robin Nix, and Lisa Wall.


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