INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – The Inver Hills Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society won three awards and an international recognition during conventions held recently in St. Paul and San Jose, Calif.
At the regional conference in St. Paul, the local chapter took first place in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) category of the society’s annual international scholarship project, The Culture of Competition. The group also is one of six chapters in the region to be named a 2012 Distinguished Chapter, enabling one student to attend the PTK International Honors Institute this summer in Philadelphia. The Inver Hills chapter was also won a Five Star Chapter Development Plan award — the highest level of achievement awarded at the convention.
In addition, Inver Hills student Steve Demetrius of Apple Valley was elected South District vice president for 2013-14.
At the International Convention in San Jose, the Inver Hills chapter received a “Top 100 Award” — distinguishing the group as one of the top chapters internationally among more than 700. The award recognizes excellence primarily in two major projects: the Honors in Action Scholarship Project and the College Service Project. For its Scholarship Project, led by chapter Co-Presidents Dylan O’Brien of Saint Paul and Chase Wackerfuss of Saint Paul Park, and Vice President of Scholarship Emanuel Rusho of Burnsville, the chapter performed STEM Olympics events at area junior high schools to encourage participation in STEM education programs. For its Service Project, led by Vice Presidents of Service Susan Peterson of Northfield and David Kirsch of South Saint Paul, the chapter created the “Thought Spot” — a chalkboard placed on campus featuring statements or questions that encourage students to think deeply, and to voice their opinion.
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