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Kish College honor society inducts new members

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed 52 students as new members this fall at Kishwaukee College.

The new members were inducted Oct. 10 during a candle-lighting ceremony held in the college’s Jenkins Auditorium. Alpha Rho Eta officers for the 2012-13 academic year are: Gladys Sanchez, president; Alex Dolister, vice president; Carly Hoecherl, recording officer; Luis Aguilar, public relations officer; and Jennifer Link, hallmark officer. The Kishwaukee College chapter faculty advisers are Laurie Hoecherl and Niki Criswell.

During the ceremony, inductees and their family and friends enjoyed a performance by Mathew Tembo on the marimba. The keynote speaker was Nicole Holm, Phi Theta Kappa Illinois Regional Northern president, who shared her own journey of discovery in leadership. After the ceremony, inductees, family and friends enjoyed a cupcake and punch reception in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center Atrium.

Annually, more than 90,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The society provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars, and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. 

To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. 

The following local Kishwaukee College students were honored with membership in the organization:

Cortland: Stephanie Gonzalez, Adam Kirsopp and Gabriela Martinez,

DeKalb: Esmeralda Almaraz, Jessica Brischen-Metz, Kelsey Chelberg, Michael Cirino, Marion Clifton, Chelsea Danielson, Brianna Dixon, Blanca Flores, Emma Franklin, Tracie Hjelmberg, Joshua Inderhees, Anna Leston, Brianna Lucius, Justine Lugo, Ronny Metzger, Valerie Pena, Cameron St. Arbor and Lindsay Svendsen

Genoa: Brenda Hunt, Molly Smith

Kingston: Bettyjo Bieberitz, Dana Dieterle and Amiee Waskiewicz

Malta: Anna Miner

Sycamore: Cheryl Bradt, Kimberly Feczko, Hannah Flieder, Jonathan Hamil, Ellyn Heegaard, Michael Lettieri, Robert McNamara, Kelcee Miller, Elena Roloff, Marcelle Schwartz, Naheed Siddiqui and Christopher Tabone

Waterman: Brandon Creed

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