The three Bainbridge College national honor societies inducted 84 new members during a ceremony held Sunday, March 25, at the Kirbo Regional Center.
Twenty-six students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year college students; 41 students were inducted into Mu Alpha Theta, the national two-year college and high school mathematics honor society; and 17 students were inducted into Sigma Kappa Delta, the national English language and literature honor society for two-year college students.
Two students, Wes Potter of Whigham and Chad F. White of Bainbridge, were inducted into all three honor societies, and 10 students were inducted into two different honor societies.
Bainbridge College President Richard Carvajal congratulated the students on being scholars.
But Dr. Carvajal also suggested that being inducted into an honor society should be more than an entry on a resume, and the real challenge would be to become a difference-maker in the future.
The president challenged those inducted to become student leaders by becoming involved in making the college and their community a better place.
Dr. Tonya Strickland, BC’s vice president for Academic Affairs, was the keynote speaker who said there are five key principles to living a life of honor and meaning. She said only 51 percent of those recently questioned in a survey said they were thriving rather than struggling in terms of well-being.
The first principle is to own your life. Dr. Strickland told the students they are in the driver’s seat and that they should rise above circumstances and not let them be in control. The remaining principles were to focus on the positive, to be a truth-teller, to be a grace-giver and to invest your time wisely.
Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is the national two-year college and high school mathematics honor society, and it exists to enhance scholarship, interest, enjoyment and understanding of mathematics. The charter for Bainbridge College was granted in 2009, and its president is Meghan Vickers, vice-president is Stamey Avery, secretary is Taylor Kirkpatrick and treasurer is Tywann Elijah. The sponsors are Mary Glenn Grimes, Wanda Coston and Wesley Whitehead.
New Mu Alpha Theta members inducted are the following: Gashebal Nicole Robinson from Arlington; Cole Bulger, Sarah Elizabeth Burch, Sarah Margaret Bush, Kathryn Eck Clinton, Wanda Cook, Kevin Michael Cox, Leon D. Culverson III, David Cutchin, Randall Scott Daniel Jr., Summer Day, Brittany Leigh Givens, Shelby Gordon, Christina Greene, Marie D. Jones, LaShon McCall, Hieu Nguyen, Kristin Pollock, John Ray Stout Jr. and Chad F. White, all from Bainbridge; Laurie Williams Spence from Blakely; Ben Childree from Brinson; Kayla Clark, Jason Robert Maxwell and Christian Riordan from Cairo; Chelsea Reneé Alexander from Climax; Stephanie McAnelly from Colquitt; Sandra D. Kuretich from Cuthbert; Russell Braswell, Willis Wade Brown, Hannah Marie Easom, Juanwanta King, Bailey Ford Ponder and Betty Holley Zachary, all from Donalsonville; Shanda M. Timpson from Edison; Alyson Denise Elam from Iron City; Elizabeth Collins Heard from Leary; Taylor RayAnna Adams and Harvey Blaine Edwards from Pelham; and Kellee Marie Knight and Wesley M. Potter from Whigham.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the National Honor Society for two-year college students. The president of the BC chapter is Missy M. Williams, vice-president is Meghan Vickers and secretary-treasurer is Audra Scott. The sponsors are Dr. Michael Stewart and Colette Galivan.
Phi Theta Kappa members inducted are the following: Darlene Bush, Randall Daniel, Brittany Givens, Shelby Gordon, Regina Jackson, Angela Johnson, Taylor Kirkpatrick, Brock Merchant, Trellace Scott, Garon Sellars, James Spears and Chad White are from Bainbridge; James Rogers is from Bluffton; Chelsea Alexander, Malori Maxwell and April McNair are from Climax; Patricia Clark is from Colquitt; Richard Stafford is from Cuthbert; Anna Craft, Heather King, Joan Loyd, Catherine Rogers and Penny Scott are from Donalsonville; Alice Grandberry is from Quincy, Fla., and Jennifer Lodge and Wesley M. Potter are from Whigham.
Sigma Kappa Delta
Sigma Kappa Delta is the honor society that strives to encourage high achievement in the English language and literature in two-year colleges, foster the discipline of English in the community and exhibit academic excellence. Bainbridge College’s chapter was chartered in 1997. Taylor Kirkpatrick is the president, April McNair is the secretary, and the sponsors are Dr. Betty LaFace and Dr. Marina Von Hirsch.
New members inducted are the following: Shaun W. Gaskins, Regina R. Jackson, Taylor M. Kirkpatrick, William C. Laing, Brock L. Merchant, Grace E. Nettles, Macy L. Phillips, Chad F. White and Ashley E. Wimberly, all from Bainbridge; James I. Rogers from Bluffton; Benjamin L. Addleton and Allen T. Brewster from Cairo; April C. McNair from Climax; Patricia A. Clark from Colquitt; Brittany N. Odom from Donalsonville; Melisa K. Adams from Jakin, and Wesley M. Potter from Whigham.