CANANDAIGUA — Forty-two students from Finger Lakes Community College were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, on Oct. 24.
The keynote speaker was Trista Merrill of Canandaigua, professor of English, who said a competitive nature can be a positive trait if you view the obstacles to your goals as your opponents. “Meaningful success comes from competition that makes the world a better place,” she said.
The new members signed their name in the Phi Theta Kappa registry and took a pledge. Students locally included: Cori Becoats of Lyons; Jacob Thorp of Macedon; Kasie Baker of Marion; Melissa Dehoff, Jenna Howell, Derek Short all of Newark; and Kayla Chapman of Palmyra.
The honor society also presented a special award to the winner of an essay contest it sponsored about the importance of completing a degree. Nursing student Elizabeth Cushman of Canandaigua won a $500 bookstore gift certificate. Her husband, Samuel Cushman, also a nursing student, was among the inductees.
Phi Theta Kappa’s hallmarks are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. FLCC’s chapter, Alpha Epsilon Chi, was chartered in 1981 and provides leadership opportunities for members. Membership requires completion of 15 hours of associate degree coursework and a GPA of 3.5.