Phi Theta Kappa honor society welcomes new members at LTC

CLEVELAND — Fifty-five students from Lakeshore Technical College were recently inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in a ceremony held at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has become one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in higher education. PTK is the only honor society that serves two-year colleges offering associate degree programs. Membership is based primarily on academic excellence and is extended by invitation only.

A recent study of PTK members shows that they have an overall student success rate of 91 percent compared to a national success rate of just 38 percent. Not only are PTK members four times more likely to complete college than an average student, but they are nearly twice as likely to complete college as students with similar grade point averages (3.5 or higher). In addition, leadership development is a hallmark of PTK, and employers are looking for leadership skills.

New PTK members are listed by their Wisconsin hometown unless otherwise noted and include:

Sheboygan County

  • Sandra Werdeo, Elkhart Lake
  • Cheryl Liebe, Glenbeulah
  • Amy Becker, Sheboygan
  • Brian Castillo, Sheboygan
  • Melanie Cyr, Sheboygan
  • Jonathon Dielentheis, Sheboygan
  • Vanessa Drapes, Sheboygan
  • Keri Frank, Sheboygan
  • Barbara Herr, Sheboygan
  • Kristi Johnstone, Sheboygan
  • Tracy Katsma, Sheboygan
  • Emily Knier, Sheboygan
  • Jeanne Lee, Sheboygan
  • Sarah Raml, Sheboygan
  • Erik Rutledge, Sheboygan
  • Michelle Sanders, Sheboygan
  • Kristy Theune, Sheboygan
  • Jeremy Tower, Sheboygan
  • Rachel Veenendaal, Sheboygan
  • Alexandria Walters, Sheboygan
  • Michelle Woolwine, Sheboygan
  • Jacqueline Adams, Sheboygan Falls
  • Leticia Hiebing, Sheboygan Falls
  • Becky Knutson, Sheboygan Falls
  • David LaFata, Sheboygan Falls
  • Brianna Musiedlak, Sheboygan Falls
  • Melissa Puksich, Sheboygan Falls
  • Cheyenne Welsch, Sheboygan Falls
  • Jonathan Conradt, Oostburg
  • Jennifer Maitland, Oostburg
  • Allen Vang, Oostburg
  • Melissa Wolf, Oostburg
  • Brianna DeRosier, Plymouth
  • Joanne Solfest, Plymouth

Manitowoc County

  • Cassandra Alger, Brillion
  • Tina Reese, Kiel
  • Jaimie Preston,
  • Fritzy Brady, Manitowoc
  • Marie Chiminatti, Manitowoc
  • Krysta Huibregtse, Manitowoc
  • Heather Laurin, Manitowoc
  • Jessica McBride, Manitowoc
  • Emanuel Vasquez, Manitowoc
  • Jessica Dittmer, Two Rivers
  • Tyler Freitag, Two Rivers
  • Amber LaChappelle, Two Rivers
  • Keyara Smith, Two Rivers
  • Lori Krueger, Valders

“Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a way for us to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement,” said Mary Kultgen, LTC Instructor and PTK Advisor. “In addition to the recognition, PTK offers students many scholarship opportunities, as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills and contribute to the betterment of their communities.”

The new PTK inductees were asked to select an LTC staff or faculty member who was influential in helping achieve their educational goals and lifelong dreams.

The following recipients were honored at the 2016 PTK Fall Induction Ceremony: Brenda Bachmann, Graphic and Web Design/Administrative Professional Instructor; Paul Benfield, Information Technology/Network Specialist Instructor; Barbi Galarno, Court Reporting/Broadcast Captioning Instructor; Doug Hamm, Human Resources Administration Instructor; Chris Heinen, Accounting Instructor; Debra Koenig, Life Science Instructor; Michael Reisenauer, Marketing Instructor; Jackie Rupnow, Court Reporting/Broadcast Captioning Instructor and Vicki Stock, Enrollment Specialist.

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