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Honor Society Lauded at Regional Convention

March 8, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alpha Delta Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was awarded several honors at the Annual PTK Middle States Regional Convention in Baltimore, March 1-3. PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Members have earned a 3.5 GPA and 12 credits at Atlantic Cape.

The chapter received the Five Star Development Level Chapter award for demonstrating an overall level of excellence in leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service for the fourth year in a row.

In addition, several individuals were honored for their service to the chapter, including Gabriella Mayorga, of Galloway, chapter president; Tamica Johnson, of Absecon, vice president of membership; and Lisa Nguyen, of Atlantic City, distinguished chapter member.

PTK Advisor Holly R. Schultheis, of Galloway, was one of four advisors to receive the Paragon Advisor Award for her efforts to guide Atlantic Cape’s chapter.

Chapter member Felix German Contreras, of Galloway, was elected New Jersey state president, regional office. Felix gave a speech on Phi Theta Kappa International’s theme of the Culture of Competition and answered questions from an audience of voting delegates. Felix has been a pro-active student at Atlantic Cape, including serving as president of the Student Environmental Club, championing the “greening” of the college campus, and actively participating in Alpha Delta Mu, by helping out in Ocean City after Superstorm Sandy and attending the N.J. Middle States Phi Theta Kappa seminar last November. Last summer he was the only community college student selected to attend The Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program.  

Other Atlantic Cape students who attended the conference were Lashera Miller, of Pleasantville, vice president of leadership; and Thomas Swayngim, of Mays Landing, treasurer.

Atlantic Cape’s Alpha Delta Mu is one of 53 chapters in the region, which includes New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

Atlantic Cape will hold an induction ceremony for new members at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.