The Weatherford College Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa returned from the International Convention this week with three accolades.
A year ago the chapter, one of the oldest in the two-year honor society, aimed to earn a spot in the Top 100 Chapters out of nearly 1,300 chapters in the Society. They figured out how to attain this goal using the Honors in Action process – a group dissertation-like essay written in 2,700 words.
Their hard work paid off at the recent international convention, now known as Nerd Nation, where they were not only named a Top 100 Chapter but they also received two awards for their Honors in Action submission. Their submission was ranked in the top 50 submissions, and ranked in the top three submissions for their specific theme; there are 10 themes.
“Nerd Nation 2014 was pure awesomeness,” Phi Chapter member Kerri Paddack said. “This was not my first convention but it was my first International Convention. I had been told by several people that the International Convention would be much larger than the Leadership or Texas Regional Convention, but it doesn't matter what people tell you, you won’t be fully prepared. The general sessions and especially the Awards Gala are a combination of the MTV music awards and the Oscars.”
Paddack, a WC Wise County student, said the one moment of the event that stood out from all the rest of the rest of the glamour and excitement was the look on the faces of the advisors when their chapter was called to the stage for awards.
“The highlight of the trip was the energy of the chapter as their hard work and dedication, led by Jordan Owen and Skylar White, was recognized at the International level and everyone in the room applauded Phi Chapter from Weatherford College,” Incoming Chapter President Tracey “Rocco” Davidson said. “In that moment, I felt an extreme sense of pride to be associated with such dedicated individuals and to represent Weatherford College.”
This is the first time the chapter has brought home a chapter award from the international level under the direct leadership of Dr. Molly Harris. Dr. Scott Tarnowieckyi, Terry Paddack and Dr. Lisa D’Amico also serve as advisors with Harris.
“I could not be more proud of these students,” Harris said. “A year ago, they set lofty goals and worked diligently throughout the year to accomplish them. Throughout the summer and even winter breaks, students are often on campus working on research, brainstorming and writing their award essays.”
Student leaders in the chapter include Jordan Owen, Chapter President from January to December 2013; Skylar White, Chapter Vice President who served as President in the Spring 2014 semester; and Tracey “Rocco” Davidson, Chapter Vice President for Spring 2014 who will serve as President for Summer and Fall 2014.
“It really is cool to be a nerd,” Harris said.