St. Louis Community College’s chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, have had a successful year.
In addition to receiving a number of chapter awards at the Missouri Regional Convention in March, several students were honored with individual awards for their leadership contributions.
STLCC-Wildwood’s Beta Rho Epsilon Chapter received eight awards from the Missouri Region. Among these, the chapter was recognized for achieving Five Star status, which is the highest level a chapter can receive. It also earned a Hallmark Award for its Honors in Action Project and a Hallmark Award/Distinguished Theme Award for its children’s literacy project. For this project, the chapter collected children’s books and built bookshelves to display them in three St. Louis City schools.
The seven officers — Kasey Doak, Breana Houska, Sarah Larash, Deanna Meyer, Jonah Smith, Julia Smith and Chance Whitlatch — were honored with a Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award. Houska and Larash also received Distinguished Officer Awards while Collin Lawrence earned a Distinguished Member Award. Faculty advisor Dan Yezbick received a Horizon Award.
The chapter also earned the Missouri Region Video Project Competition Award for its film titled, “Find Your Fit.” Directed by Whitlatch, the video aims to recruit new PTK members while celebrating the honor society’s 100th anniversary.
Seven members of the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter were among 20 recognized in the region for completing the 5 Star Competitive Edge program. These students include Christine Casey, Breana Houska, Sarah Larash, Collin Lawrence, Deanna Meyer, Julia Smith and Chance Whitlatch.
STLCC-Wildwood alum Debbie Zamora won the Cornerstone Award from the Missouri Alumni Association.
Meramec’s Xi Lambda Chapter, led by faculty advisor Emily Neal, also was designated as a Five Star Chapter, a status it has achieved for several years running. The chapter’s Honors in Action project, “Nostalgia and Pathos,” earned the Distinguished Theme Award, given to the top project in each theme category. The project focused on the racial divide in St. Louis and how that divide has changed over time, using a longitudinal analysis of St. Louis from 1900 to 2017. The project culminated in a panel discussion on campus during Black History Month.
Lily Polley, Xi Lambda Chapter’s vice president of communications, was elected vice president of the Missouri Region.
“As a student at STLCC, each day offers new challenges and opportunities I did not think were available, much less possible, for me,” Polley said.
Forest Park’s Xi Epsilon Chapter earned five awards. It received a Distinguished Chapter Award for combination of scores on the Honors in Action Project and College Project. The chapter received the Distinguished Honors in Action Award for its theme project Food Deserts in St. Louis. It received the College Project Award for a tutoring initiative at Northwest Academy of Law and Compton-Drew Middle School. Xi Epsilon also earned the Five Star Chapter Award and a Distinguished Officer Team Award.