Honors

Distinguished Chapter Award

Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter
Georgia Highlands College
Marietta, Georgia

Distinguished Theme Award - Honors in Action

The Honors in Action Theme Award recognizes chapters whose Honors in Action Project Award entries scored highest in each of the eight Themes related to the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives.

Theme 6 - Natural and Engineered
Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter
Georgia Highlands College
Marietta, Georgia

Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award

Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter
Georgia Highlands College
Marietta, Georgia

Continued Excellence Award for Advisors

Michelle Geisert
Beta Beta Tau Chapter
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Atlanta, Georgia

Distinguished Chapter Officer Award

Mykayla Jeter
Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter
Georgia Highlands College
Marietta, Georgia

Top 100 Chapter

Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter
Georgia Highlands College
Marietta, Georgia

Chapter Awards

Distinguished Chapter

Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team

Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Distinguished College Project

Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Honors in Action Project

Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Honors in Action Award

Theme 1 – Nature of the Quest
Alpha Rho Omega
South Georgia State College

Honors in Action Award

Theme 2 – Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action Award

Theme 3 – Quests of Human Expression
Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Honors in Action Award

Theme 4 – Exploring the Natural Environment
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Honors in Action Award

Theme 7 – Health and Medicine as Frontiers
Beta Sigma Sigma
Georgia Military College


Member, Officer, and Advisor Awards

Distinguished Chapter Officer

Justin Jones
Alpha Psi Omicron Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Chapter Member

Ajah Ochoa
Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Distinguished Advisor

Michelle Geisert
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College


Regional Awards

Georgia Hall of Honor

Christin Koutavas
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Hall of Honor

Nicholas Vaz
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Sarah Anne Staples Award

Michelle Geisert
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Distinguished Administrator

Larion Williams
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College


Georgia Perimeter Student Shines as New Century Scholar

By Rebecca Rakoczy

Iraqi native Aemah Badri is driven with the desire to succeed. The petite 25-year-old Georgia Perimeter College student efficiently organizes her time for her studies, tutors others, is a leader in the Math, Engineering and Science club, and is active in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and GPC’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) organization.

Badri does all this, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Georgia students were honored March 3, 2016, at the All-Georgia Luncheon. Keynote speaker State Representative Keisha Waites spoke on the importance of education, and described her own time as a student within Georgia’s two-year college system, and how that experience contributed to her success.

Student honorees were as follows:

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Sheila Norvell
Leah Satonica
Andrew College
Samantha Gidney

Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Oladipo Bakare
Mark Johnson

Darton State College
Zhaoling McDuffie

East Georgia State College
Damon Knighten
Hillary Davis
William Kaht

Georgia Highlands College
Roy Clifton
Stephanie Vanas
Justin Jones
Richard Twist
Laura Jordan
Hollie Lung
Kaneisha Smith

Georgia Military College
Ashley Dennis
Heather Wolff
Brad Bayless
Sarah North

Georgia Perimeter College
Yoseph Guta
Kharina Scrubb
Kyle Merrill
Thomas Nguyen
Baobsom Djakli Bougouma
Josue Ramirez
Paris Little

South Georgia State College
Charles Pridgen
Susana Rojas Mandujano
Courtney Falvo
Kolby Kicklighter

University of North Georgia
Natalie Fisher
Michelle McAdams

As always, the Georgia Region offers its sincere thanks to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, without which this event could not happen.


All-Georgia Awards Honor Students Statewide

Students from across Georgia were honored Thursday, March 12 at the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta, overlooking the State Capitol.

Honorees were:

Katy Johnson and Ebony Missick, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Olivia Johnson, Andrew College

Jared Ford, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Shelley Brooks and Samantha Nagy, Darton State College

Sabrina Ogletree, East Georgia State College

Hannah Lively, Michael Vanderberg, Gena Carter, Hillary Rowell, Hali Bohannon, and Lindsey Miles, Georgia Highlands College

Charles Fletcher, Mary Lucas, and Shane Kiral, Georgia Military College

Aemah Badri, Deepa Singh Thakuri, Armel Nsiangani, Rozhin Parvaresh, and Jeremy Borger, Georgia Perimeter College

Elizabeth Brown, Gwinnett Technical College

Kaitlin Spivey and Sylvia Smith, South Georgia State College

Kati Chacon, Andrena Mathis, Erica Leikvoll, and Katherine Roth, University of North Georgia

In addition, Aemah Badri of Georgia Perimeter College was selected as a 2015 New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and Kaitlin Spivey of South Georgia State College was chosen as the Coca Cola Silver Scholar, and received a $1,250 scholarship.

Each student was named to the All-Georgia Academic Team, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, and receive a medallion and commemorative certificate. In attendance were college administrators and students from across the state. Kaleb Wilkes, an alumnus of South Georgia State College, served as keynote speaker.

To be eligible for this honor, students must be nominated by their college to the All-Georgia Academic Team. Nominees are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and outstanding academic performance. Students nominated become eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship, and the All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarships. These programs award over $300,000 in scholarships every spring.

picture of 2015 regional award recipients

Chapter Awards

Honors in Action, Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression
Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action, Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
Alpha Rho Omega, South Georgia State College

Honors in Action, Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers
Alpha Psi Omicron, Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Honors in Action Project

Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished College Project

Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Award

Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team

Kappa Sigma
South Georgia State College


Member, Officer, and Advisor Awards

Distinguished Chapter Officer

Janet Walker
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Officer

Shane Kiral
Beta Sigma Sigma
Georgia Military College


Regional Awards

Georgia Distinguished Administrator

Dr. Renva Watterson
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Distinguished Administrator

Dr. Cynthia Evers
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Distinguished Alumnus

Curtis Todd
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Hall of Honor

Shelby Joji
Alpha Chi Delta
Augusta Technical College

Georgia Hall of Honor

Samuel Yeomans
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Sarah Anne Staples Award

Janet Walker
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Horizon Award

Carrie Holzmeister
Beta Sigma Sigma
Georgia Military College, Columbus

Horizon Award

Ame Wilkerson
Kappa Sigma
South Georgia State College


Congratulations to Justin Jones on his Publication in “Nota Bene.”

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Heather Herbert

Our congratulations go out to Justin Jones, chapter president for Georgia Highlands, and a Georgia Regional Officer. His poem, “Lunacy,” was selected for publication in the 2014 edition of Nota Bene. 2014 is the third year in a row a Georgia member has been featured.

Visit the Nota Bene archive to read Justin’s poetry, as well as other superb poems, short stories, and essays. Again, huge congratulations to Justin for his accomplishment!


Congratulations to Georgia’s Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Heather Herbert

The Georgia Region is proud to honor the following members:

  • Jana Hamilton — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Mary Lucas — Georgia Military College, Augusta
  • Ralph Mueller — Darton State College
  • Sharon Rice — Georgia Highlands College, Marietta
  • Michael Vanderberg — Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs.

The program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 in scholarships annually. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans.

Members may begin applying for this scholarship in March, and applications are due in May each year. An independent team of judges reviews the applications to determine scholarship recipients.


Award Winning Projects

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Anna Johnson

Beta Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action: Issue One-It’s All in Your Mind: Foundations of Competition/Competition and Psychology

Honors in Action Project: The Peer (Attitude) Trap – Bullying

We have all heard stories about how parents try to provide an unfair advantage for their children in a variety of areas (education, athletics, the arts, etc.). This project brings the problem of “cheating parents” to the forefront by investigating the foundations of competition and calls for increased awareness and implementation of remedies to this problem. What we did was look at how bullying has impacted children, as well as adults in the home, workplace and school. We researched the emotional and physical impact of bullying and the resources available to bring awareness to this problem and solutions.

Our team looked as not just the psychological effects but the social effects of bullying as well. We divided our research into three areas, school, family, and workplace. With the collaboration of the instructors of our Social Sciences Division, we presented a panel discussion on bullying, offered resources and handouts to our campus life and the community.


Beta Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

The Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award recognized the top chapters whose entries demonstrated excellence in academic research, leadership roles, service learning and collaboration.

Beta Beta Tau’s Honor in Action team kept the HiA rubrics to the forefront as we developed our topic. Where we were asked for 8-10 resources in total, we set a goal for 8-10 for each phase of our research, which included websites, books, journals and databases. Each phase of our study topic had a different leader. We developed and included the following as part of our study topic.

Leadership Development:

  • Workshop by Social Sciences faculty on survey/interview techniques
  • Seminar on public presentation/discussion moderation techniques by Speech/Communications professor
  • Workshop by Academic/Library faculty on research methods and citation
  • Project Management videos in Competitive Edge

Leadership Roles:

  • Developing a chapter research team
  • Serving as panel discussion moderator(s)
  • Recruiting and coordinating the presenters
  • Publicity and public relations for the event
  • Event planning

Collaboration:

  • Education, Social Sciences, Librarians, professors and other educators in my community
  • Professional organizations in my community
  • Education/academic clubs/organizations on AMSC campus
  • Parent/teacher organizations in the community
  • Phi Theta Kappa members during chapter meetings about organizing several informational anti-bullying displays on campus

Our chapter may have developed the study topic, but we were all inclusive in the delivery of it, so the benefit was not just campus-wide but community-wide.

picture of hallmark award

Distinguished Chapter

The Distinguished Chapter Award recognizes chapters that submit Hallmark entries in both the Honors in Action Project and the College Project. The average of the two scores determines the top 10 percent of the overall ranking of all chapters.

These scores are determined by an independent panel of judges, both in the region and internationally. You must make sure that you look at the rubrics and determine if you have achieved the highest points possible for each project. Before we submitted our Hallmark entries, we review our entries and had others not associated with the chapter review them and rank them according to the rubric points. This gave us an opportunity to tweet and/or improve on what we had. Diversity and going beyond what is expected makes good submissions.

Tips and Suggestions

Continue to develop opportunities not just within the chapter but outside the chapter. Determine the strengths and weaknesses of your members. Allow every member an opportunity to develop and learn leadership skills by delegation. Set small short-term goals that everyone can develop. Encourage members and non-members to complete the Leadership Study program through Facebook. And for members to complete the Five-Star Competitive Edge program. Make sure that your chapter is well rounded in activities that promote service, leadership, fellowship, and scholarship.

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Photos and Written Summary Submitted by Janet Walker, Regional Officer of Chapter Relations.


Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Regional Vice President Amelia Bagwell, winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship!

Jack Kent Cooke award certificate

New Century Scholars

Name College
Brooks Anne Mitchell Darton State College

Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Name College
Joe Booth University of North Georgia
Michelle Truong Darton State College

Nominees

Name College
Joe Booth University of North Georgia
Shirley Breeze Georgia Military College: Warner Robins Campus
Michael D’Ambrosio South Georgia State College: Waycross Campus
Justin Deal Georgia Highlands College: Floyd Campus
Deborah Edwards Georgia Highlands College: Floyd Campus
Kristen Flowers Andrew College
Ryan Feury Georgia Highlands College: Cartersville Campus
Heather Gallegos Georgia Highlands College: Warner Robins Campuss
Jessica Gorseth Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Ehiremen Iyoha Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Daniel Johnson Georgia Highlands College: Cartersville Campus
Peter Marshall University of North Georgia
Benjamin Mimbs East Georgia State College: Swainsboro Campus
Brooks Anne Mitchell Darton State College
Jonathan North Bainbridge State College
Blythe Parker Georgia Military College: Fair Burn Campus
Otgontungalag Sainbayar Darton State College
Paige Smith South Georgia State College: Douglas Campus
Jessica Spivey South Georgia State College: Douglas Campus
Rachel Stahlman Andrew College
Michelle Truong Darton State College
Jessica VanDeVelde Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Christopher Webb Georgia Military College: Valdosta Campus
Hannah Young East Georgia State College: Swainsboro Campus
Aleksandar Zhelyazkov Georgia Military College: Fairburn Campus