Otero Junior College's Delta Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 25 new members Dec. 6.

Otero Junior College’s Delta Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 25 new members Dec. 6.

Chapter president Maegan Yoder welcomed the inductees and guests and gave a brief history of the international honor society, which is the only honor society for two-year colleges.

Callie Davidson, vice-president of scholarship and honors, gave a presentation on the chapter’s Honors in Action project, which involves arranging for OJC students to help with the after school program in Rocky Ford.

Krista Schleich, vice-president of service, showed a video of the chapter’s Honors in Action project, which features interviews of OJC students discussing their experiences at OJC.

Members Chloe Nolan and Larabeth Vanek were recognized for being nominated for the Colorado All-Academic Team.

Inductees are: Rebecca Barrett, Nora Bootzin, Breanne Buchner, Devin Camacho, Kelsey England, Nolan Gillies, Kyrah Guerin, Bruce Hall, Ashley Jordan, Samantha Kouns, Christopher Lange, Samantha Leblanc, Paige Lindbloom, Evan Maecker, Thomas Martinez, Josephine Matlick, Chloe Nolan, Judith Palmer, Shelby Patterson, Charlene Pike, Becky Prieto, Chad Russell, Jacob Sondoval, Larabeth Vanek, and Destiny Yates.

Other Delta Rho officers are: Cassandra Mauer, vice-president of fellowship and membership; Adriana Coniker, historian; and Chloe Nolan, secretary. Advisers are Wayne Beadles, OJC math faculty; Judy Hensley, retired OJC psychology faculty; and Sue Keefer, OJC Director of Library and Learning Resources.

Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany, Peru, the British Virgin Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United Arab Emirates. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

The Delta Rho chapter was established in 1943.