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PTK students honored in Topeka 2016

13 February 2016

On Feb. 11, two Pratt Community College students were honored in Topeka as members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.

PTK Chapter President Andrew Beck and PTK Chapter Vice President Jazzmen Ortiz were named by PCC’s chapter as their representatives on the 2016 Kansas All-State Academic Team. Beck is an Electrical Engineering student as well as the PCC Wrestling team captain. Ortiz is studying Psychology and is a Point Guard on the PCC Women’s Basketball team.

The All-State Academic Team is a distinguished group of scholars from community colleges across the state who are selected for their academic achievements and contributions to their college and community. Beck and Ortiz, along with the other 50 academic team members, were introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives and honored at a luncheon attended by state legislators and community college trustees and administrators.

“At the conclusion of a luncheon, representatives from four-year institutions were very interested in recruiting Beck for his academic accolades and grappling abilities on the mat,” said Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick. “Similarly, Ortiz was highly sought after for her skills in the classroom and on the court. Beck and Ortiz are deserving of their respective awards because they have invested both time and energy into improving the quality of PCC’s Phi Zeta chapter.”

Michael Calvert, president, Lisa Perez Miller, vice president of students and enrollment management, Michael Fitzpatrick, vice president of instruction, Student Success Specialist Hannah Shaw and Board Trustees Dwane DeWeese and Michelle Hamm were also in attendance.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses around the world.