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Chesapeake College students join elite honor society

Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009


WYE MILLS – Thirty-three students joined an elite academic group recently, accepting membership into Chesapeake College´s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

On an evening celebrating academic success, Assistant Professor of English David Harper spoke to the inductees about the importance of failure. He quoted many luminaries, including Winston Churchill and Barack Obama, who said that failure breeds eventual success. The best lessons, Harper said, do not come through success, but with failure.

"Do the things that scare you, don´t hold back. Pursue what quickens your pulse," Harper said. "Failure is the only real path to success, so have the courage to fail."

Gregory Farley, associate professor of biology and PTK advisor, encouraged the inductees – all of whom have at least a 3.5 grade-point average at Chesapeake – to make the most of their new membership in the honor society.

"I am in awe of what you do. You are phenomenal and we´re proud of you," Professor Farley told the inductees.

PTK, the international honor society of two-year colleges, was established in 1918. It is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters worldwide, including all 50 states.

The inductees (with home towns in parentheses) are: Brian M. Becraft (Cordova); James M. Bishop (Cambridge); Catherine A. Bosley (Cambridge); Kimberly K. Cate (Stevensville); Katheryn A. Chance (Galena); Stephanie L. Cheezum (Denton); Laura L. Collins (Preston); Crystal L. Davenport (Rhodesdale); Ricky W. Foxwell (Cambridge); Stephanie A. Gleockler (Preston); Kimberly N. James (East New Market); Falynn D. Jones (Stevensville); John T. Kemp (Stevensville); Elizabeth C. King (Church Hill); Danielle N. Lewis (Stevensville); Melissa J. Mathis (Preston); Loretta J. Mattingly (Greensboro); Sandra McMullen (Vienna); Taylor A. Mitchell (Centreville); Deborah H. Morton (Easton); Kathryn C. Norman (Easton); Tonya M. Smullen (Cambridge); Megan C. Steinbach (Chestertown); Krystal D. Sutton (Worton); Patricia L. Todd (Preston); Brandy N. Trimm (Easton); Melissa E. Tucker (Greensboro); Amanda N. Tuttle (Centreville); Samantha M. Ward (Centreville); Regina C. Whitesell (Easton); Misty D. Willey (Cambridge), and Erika L. Wise (Henderson).


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