The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society has distinguished itself yet again with unparalleled performance that is good as gold capturing twenty (20) awards at the 96th International Convention held in Orlando Florida from the 23 -26 April, 2014.
Collectively, awards were received regionally and internationally by the chapter for the Honours in Action Theme and Honours in Action Project under the theme “One Small Step, One Giant Leap: Competition and Science, Math and Technology with the winning project entry on the deterioration of salt ponds in the Virgin Islands. The BVI Chapter has received the distinction of being the first and only chapter from outside the continental United States to be named within the Top 100 Chapter, the second highest ranked chapter in the Florida region, and ranked 13th internationally out of more than 1300 chapters.
Students and faculty of the local chapter were recognized for their achievements in a ceremony held at the College on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Student Shamirah Langford was selected as a Distinguished Chapter Member for both the Florida Region, which the HLSCC chapter is classified within, and at the International level.
Members of faculty also came in for high praises. Mr. Richard Georges was recognized as a Distinguished Advisor both regionally and at the International level, Immediate Past President of the Association of Chapter Advisors and recipient of the International Convention Educational Forum Facilitators 2014 award which was also awarded to Dr. Sauda Smith and Mrs. Debra Hodge. Mrs. Hodge together with Dr. Smith shared the 2014 title award of Faculty Scholars, while Dr. Smith was the 2014 Marshall Award winner, the second ever recipient to receive a $5000.00 grant to pursue a project related to leadership development. Additionally, Dr. Cassander O’Neal received the 2014 Paragon New Advisor Award.
Congratulatory remarks delivered via Skype were offered by Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa International headquartered in Mississippi, USA who expressed his opinion that this level of recognition for such a young chapter is unprecedented. He indicated great admiration for the chapter which was formed in 2006. College President, Dr. Karl Dawson and Minister of Education Hon. Myron Walwyn were also on hand to offer congratulations. Hon. Walwyn stated, “We are proud of our young people and that they know it is ok to be smart. We are looking to them to be the leaders, innovators and future thinkers that will take the BVI to the next level.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honour society in American higher education for two-year colleges with over two million members, and 1300 chapters in eight (8) nations from as far as the Middle East, Europe, Canada, USA, to the door steps of the BVI. The society is emphasizes leadership, scholarship service and fellowship. It is estimated that more than 200,000 students participate in the program each year which strengthens the personal and career development of students to make an impact in their communities in service to others.
The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at HLSCC includes Klaudius Maynard, Jason Williams Jr., Chelesma Smith, Princess London, Yohance Smith, Chara Edwards, Devern Roban, Kenisha Frett, Abigail McMaster, Maya Harrigan, Rhea Cooper, Shamirah Langford, Shanee Black, Tahirah Bascombe, and Teri Tucker as chapter members. The dedicated advisors that support this group of students include Mrs. Debra Hodge, Dr. Sauda Smith, Mr. Richard Georges, Dr. Cassander Titley-O’Neal, Mrs. Stephanie Russ-Penn, and Mr. Patrick Smith.