The Hinds Community College Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa won top honors by being named Most Distinguished Chapter in the Mississippi/Louisiana region in March. The chapter also placed number nine in the nation out of 1,350 chapters this April at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education, focuses activities on the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 college-transfer credits at Hinds are eligible to join.  Each Hinds campus has its own PTK chapter.

On Aug. 15 and 16, advisors and student officers of the Raymond Campus Gamma Lambda chapter completed an overnight strategic planning retreat at Wilsonwood Lodge in Vicksburg.  Advisors who direct this group include, (seated) Dr. Johannah Williams of Byram, Physical Sciences chair; Amber King of Raymond, English instructor; Debbie McCollum of Clinton, Honors Institute dean; Dr. Ben Cloyd of Jackson, Honors Program director/ history instructor; and, (not pictured) Jack Hite of Raymond, academic counselor.

Student officers pictured (back row, standing, from left) are Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Makensey Sanders of Clinton, Natalie Minton of Terry, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Mary Harvey of Forest, Edward Williams of Raymond, Shane Savannah of Edwards, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Emilee Ware of Byram, and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Hinds Honors Institute, call Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837/3531 or visit

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