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FSCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducts forty students.
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9/23/2014

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FSCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducts forty students.

Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Theta Omega) inducted forty new students. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of students attending two-year colleges.

Students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa after completing 12 credit hours and earning a 3.5 GPA or higher. The honor society focuses on four hallmarks at the local, regional and international levels: leadership, service, scholarship and fellowship.

Mark McCoy, Chair of the FSCC Board of Trustees, spoke to the gathered students, faculty and staff about the importance of perseverance and goal setting in the pursuit of success.

Students inducted this semester include: Christan Anderson, Joel Anderson, Chelsea Brown, Addison Bruns, Jeremy Calahan, Valetta Cannon, Danielle Cliffman, Amanda-Michelle Cowan, Hayley Dellinger, Jennifer DuVall, Dennis Floyd, Autumn Graham, Victoria Greer, James Grizzle, Kyle Hammond, Lee Hardesty, Janderon Harrison, Justin Henderson, Matthew Hicks, Natalie Hill, Katie Jo Hull, Brendan Janes, Lane Johnson, Justus Kauffman, Brianna Laver, Stephen McDonald, Bret McGuire, Gretchen Mills, Devon Morasch, Frank Moreno, Rahab Ngatia, Meagan Powell, Jash Pytlowany, Jennifer Quinney, Frank Scott, Dylan Stanley, Benjamin Sweyko, Brittany Thomas, Hannah Travis, and Ty Wood.

Josh Budd, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, said, “I am pleased to see FSCC students take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.” Budd added that Phi Theta Kappa members benefit from automatic scholarships if they transfer to a four-year school.

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FSCC names All-Kansas Academic Team Scholars
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1/13/2014

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FSCC names All-Kansas Academic Team Scholars

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) named four All-Kansas Academic Team Scholars for 2014: Caitlin Dickson, Regina Summers, Drew George and Sarah Jones. All four are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions. They will be four of 52 scholars in the state of Kansas honored in Topeka at the All-Kansas Academic Team Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13th, with a medallion and scholarship check.

Caitlin Dickson, of Paola, attends the FSCC Miami County Campus and majors in business. She will graduate in May of this year. Her career goal is to work in marketing, and her educational goal is to achieve a doctorate. Dickson works as a Direct Care Assistant for a group of adults with disabilities. On campus, she is involved in Phi Theta Kappa activities and works as a tutor at the Miami County Campus. Dickson also is very involved in the community through Harvesters of Kansas City, Food Pantry at Cross Point Assembly of God and assisting elderly neighbors.

“The education I have received from Fort Scott Community College has pushed me further in so many aspects of my life,” said Dickson. “Without the positive interactions and encouragements I have received from the teachers and office staff throughout my time here at FSCC, it would have been much more difficult to persevere in the face of adversity. For this, I will be forever grateful. “

Regina Summers, of LaCygne, attends the Miami County Campus and majors in education. She will graduate in May and transfer to a four-year university to work toward her educational goal of a Bachelor of Science in Education. Summers is a non-traditional student with two daughters. She is also very involved with the Miami County Campus Ambassadors and Phi Theta Kappa campus activities. In the community, she volunteers at the local elementary school, the Sharing Tree and book fair.

“I don’t know that I have done anything significant, but one of the most enjoyable things I have done while attending Fort Scott Community College has been helping my fellow students,” said Summers. “When I took Psychology, there was a woman in my class that wanted to improve her grades and asked me to help her study. Of course, I agreed and spent an hour and a half before each class explaining things she was struggling with and quizzing her so she was ready for tests. I found that not only did her grades improve, but mine did as well and, as an added bonus, I was pseudo teaching.”

Sarah Jones, of Paola, attended the FSCC main campus in Fort Scott and majored in psychology. She is transferring to Pittsburg State University this semester to further her educational goals. On campus, Jones was a President’s Ambassador and active in the Phi Theta Kappa campus activities. She was involved in the community through the SEK Achievers Program at the Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center.

“While at FSCC, I have had many amazing opportunities. The most significant would have to be my summer internship at the Bourbon County Extension Office, through which I was able to implement and develop the skills that I have learned over the years,” said Jones. “At several activities I had to speak in front of others. I also had to use my problem solving skills. I also put on a leadership seminar in which I used games and activities to teach area youth invaluable skills in communication, leadership and teamwork. These activities allowed me to pass on skills I gained when I was their age and developed further once I reached the college level.”

Drew George, of Uniontown, attends FSCC main campus at Fort Scott and majors in music education. He is graduating in May and will transfer to K-State University to further his educational goals. On campus, George is a President’s Ambassador, President of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter, member of the FSCC Band and played lead roles in both college productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and God Spell.

“Playing the lead role in the FSCC production of the musical Godspell, I have become a much more confident person,” said George. “I have had so many experiences and made several friends through theatre that, without my involvement, would not have happened. It is an experience that I would not give up for anything. Since starting college, I have had the opportunity to take music lessons. This has really helped me to improve my abilities by allowing me to be challenged at the right level for improvement. I have taken full advantage of this opportunity by taking as many as possible to learn instruments that I did not have the opportunity to learn before. This will help me to be better equipped to teach the next generation of musicians.”

The All-USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding community college students. Nominees may be pursuing an associate degree or intend to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree. The All-USA Academic Team is a merit award based on students’ community college accomplishments. FSCC nominates two students from each campus with a Phi Theta Kappa chapter based on input received in from the scholarship application forms. All elements of the application work together to demonstrate the nominees who excel academically, show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic/leadership/civic growth, and extend their community college education to benefit themselves, their schools and/or their communities.

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