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Photo from left: Donway Sy, Akayi Thein, and Pauline Maccay.

Skyline College’s Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was named in the top 24 Distinguished Chapter at the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Conference in Washington, DC on April 9. Distinguished Chapter is an international award and the highest honor given to a Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Skyline College earned the Continued Excellence Award for being a Distinguished Chapter for three consecutive years. Nearly 4,000 community college students participated in the three-day conference that was filled with scholarship and leadership forums. Keynote speakers included Lord John Eatwell, economist and president of Queen’s College Cambridge, and Katty Kay, lead anchor for BBC World News America.

“The breadth and depth of activities undertaken by our Phi Theta Kappa members is amazing. The members should be very proud of the recognition they have received,” said Christine Case, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. “Phi Theta Kappa offers so many opportunities for our honor students to extend their education and experiences far beyond the classroom as they prepare for their futures.”

Skyline College’s chapter also received the 2016 College Project Award for their outreach efforts with senior citizens and children and earned honorable mention for their Case Study Challenge. The chapter has consistently earned national recognition since it’s chartering in 1999. And has earned the Nevada/California Regional Distinguished Chapter award five times.

The awards were the result of competitive essays documenting the chapter’s multiple projects this year, including a year-long service project that taught computer literacy to local senior citizens called Together We Thrive and a project that brought science labs to middle schools.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters at two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. There are 94 chapters in California.

Article by Christine Case