Meet the new members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society

PTK 2017-18

Meet the 2017-18 class of inductees to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

On the evening of April 20 in the Essex High School theater, 84 Rappahannock Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa — world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Parents and friends packed the space to see their student walk onto the stage, sign their name to the roll and take their place as part of the very top academic minds of the school.

Students from each of the twelve counties served by RCC were in attendance, which includes Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland; while some came from beyond those areas to play a part in the ceremony. Many of the students who became a part of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) attend RCC through Dual Enrollment programs at their high schools. This allows them to take college classes while still in high school.

Not all those who apply for PTK membership are accepted, and the requirements are steep. To become a part, a student must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree; have a grade point average of 3.5 and must adhere to the moral standards of the society.

Before their march to the stage, the students heard from someone who served in the United States Air Force and worked for years in higher education, both at RCC and for Old Dominion University, Dr. Gloria Savage-Early.

Savage-Early brought a message from her varied experiences — “be the best you.” She spoke on a variety of subjects, but all of her thoughts lead back to that common theme. To that end, she read a poem, which she wrote, that summarized her talk:

“Sometimes it seems that all I ever do is never quite enough; I do so much, and I say ‘I’m tired of doing all of this stuff.’ But there are others out there, striving, just like me. We can’t give up, so let’s just be… the best that we can be.”


Essex County

  • Caroline Andrews
  • Brian Balderson
  • Mandy Byrd
  • Jessica Mundie
  • Kainen Phillips
  • Elaine Walters
  • Emmaly Yarbrough

Gloucester County

  • Tyler Brown
  • Grayse Garrett
  • Caela Gilsinan
  • Tanner Laroque
  • Kim Lawrence
  • Susan Pinder
  • Olivia Pohorence
  • Nicole Pope
  • Samantha Prince
  • Elizabeth Roberts
  • Merrigrace Sabo
  • Abigale Waclo
  • Ian Walker
  • Micah Woodley

King George County

  • Susan Courtney
  • Alexa Croce
  • Cecilia Engbert
  • Lucia Engbert
  • Nicholas Jaynes
  • Luke Miller
  • Amanda Miner
  • Khalid Muhammad
  • Shawna Pfohl
  • Cherie Richards
  • Landin Thorsted
  • Mary Wells

King William County

  • Seth Bliley
  • Emani Braxton

Lancaster County

  • Savannah Eppihimer
  • Virginia Headley
  • William McCarty

Mathews County

  • Sarah Camacho
  • Melinda Edwards
  • Mackenzie Hilton
  • Jewel Mitchell
  • Rosalina Volo
  • John Wilhelm

Middlesex County

  • Suzette Babcock
  • Kathryn Bland

New Kent County

  • Noah Babin
  • Brandon Bonner
  • Sheena Johns
  • Makenna Pollard
  • Ian Rolston
  • John Shaffer
  • Matthew Wiechman
  • Taylor Yates

Northumberland County

  • Destiny Amos
  • Mikayla Barr
  • Brendan Farmer
  • Anna Jett
  • Kelsey Moss
  • Kimberly Taylor

Richmond County

  • Emily Brown
  • Kaetlyn Chatham
  • Rebecca Conley
  • Ian Dunn
  • William Moore
  • Tristan O’Bier
  • Kaitrin Self
  • Jedidiah Vandeloecht
  • Courtney Walder

Westmoreland County

  • Taylor Charles
  • Timothy Henry
  • Brittany Lloyd
  • Mary Osullivan