Janae Olive receives applause during the March 21 induction ceremony for the Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Ms. Olive and Kassidy Penn will attend the honour society’s convention this month in Orlando. (Photo: Junior Daniel/HLSCC)

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College students Janae Olive and Kassidy Penn will travel to Orlando this month to represent the territory at a convention of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, officials announced during the March 21 induction ceremony for the college’s PTK chapter.

At the ceremony, the Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter welcomed 17 provisional members and eight inductees, according to HLSCC.

“We are pleased and excited to share that our chapter continues to recognise excellence as our students work hard and perform at the top of their programmes during their studies with us,” said Director of Student Life and then-PTK Advisor Debra Hodge, adding, “We let them know it’s okay to be smart.”

Mses. Olive and Penn will attend the three-day event in Orlando with HLSCC Senior Lecturer Dr. Anita Pinzi, the college’s new PTK advisor.


The Orlando convention, dubbed “PTK Catalyst 2024,” will include opportunities for personal and professional development, college transfer guidance from experts, leader elections and networking opportunities, according to HLSCC.

Keynote speakers will include Misty Copeland, an author and principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre; Ivy Poumpouras, a multimedia journalist and former United States Secret Service agent; Liam Blakeway, the PTK International president; and Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK president and CEO.

“I am excited to showcase HLSCC and learn as much as I can from this experience,” Ms. Olive said. “I am not usually one to step out of my comfort zone, but I am excited to see how my participation in this event can lead to opportunities and self-growth.”

Ms. Penn expressed similar excitement.


PTK works to recognise and encourage scholarship among two-year college students.

The HLSCC chapter was chartered on May 28, 2006, with five advisors and 36 members. Today, it has three advisors and more than 500 members, according to the college.

Members are required to have at least 12 hours of degree coursework and a minimum grade point average of 3.4. Provisional members must have at least 12 hours of degree coursework and a GPA of 3.00 to 3.39.

For more information, email Ms. Hodge at dhodge@hlscc.edu.vg.