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Motlow's PTK Wins Top Award at Regional

April 15, 2011

Motlow PTKMotlow's Alpha XI Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently attended the PTK regional convention in Memphis and brought home top honors. Two advisors, Gregg Garrison and Dayron Deaton accompanied eight student members and experienced a weekend jam-packed with meetings, learning sessions and an awards ceremony. They also took in a little local flavor including Memphis BBQ, the Peabody Ducks and Beale Street.

Chapter members; Kyle McCurry, Josh Hunt, Hailey Jones, Emily Kelsey, Shayla Redmon, Paige Harris, Tina Redmon and Crystal Hodges, all of Motlow's McMinnville Center, participated fully in the convention. They created a competitive skit focusing on their Honors topic: The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise and student Hailey Jones was a member of the caucus for regional office elections. The students also attended a college fair where over 30 recruiting colleges and universities offering PTK scholarships were there to talk to them.

The talented group of students achieved the' Five Star Level' in The Chapter Development Plan and received the 'Chapter of Light' award for going above and beyond what is expected of a chapter. Members of the All Tennessee Academic Team were recognized including Motlow's Kyle McCurry and Tina Redmon. In addition to that honor, McCurry was also given the 'Distinguished Officer Award' for the region. Joining him in a singled out category was Emily Kelsey who was named 'Distinguished Member of the Region.'

Then came the drum roll as in all awards ceremonies, the big ones, the ones you wait for…Motlow's PTK Chapter was awarded the First Place plague for the 'Distinguished College Project', for their project, "On the Road to Student Success: Overcoming the Obstacles of College Completion."  Then the finale, taking into account everything the chapter has done over the past year, compared to other colleges in the region, Motlow's chapter won First Place in the 'Distinguished Chapter' category.

Advisor Gregg Garrison praised the students, "We are very proud of these young people, their accomplishments and the positive way they represent Motlow." He continued, "They were recognized for their overall commitment to excellence while being exposed to continuing education opportunities."