Calhoun Students Receive International Recognition during The Annual PTK Catalyst Convention

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April 24, 2020

The Calhoun Community College Sigma Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) participated in the Annual Catalyst International Convention on April 16 - 17, 2020.  

This year’s event was held virtually and featured members from PTK’s 1,300 chapters worldwide. According to Dana Burton, Calhoun’s PTK Sponsor, Students are honored and recognized for accomplishments from the previous school year. Those accomplishments include PTK scholarships, leadership, fellowship, and service to the organization. The convention was originally scheduled to take place in Grapevine, Texas, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to move the event to a virtual platform would ensure the safety and well-being of the PTK members, advisors, donors, and their family and friends.

During the conference, the college’s chapter received two international awards which included Morgan Christ being named the Distinguished Chapter Officer, as well as the Distinguished Officer Team which included the following members: Will Lawrimore, Daymara Ayala, Madeline Anne See, Andrew Escobar, Tamara Thomas, Carly Brady, Ashleigh Starks, Tristan Mariani, Nina Fortier, Morgan Lands, Tatayana Rice, and Morgan Christ. Additionally, Calhoun's chapter was recognized as one of the top 100 chapters in the world. “The Calhoun administrators, faculty and staff continue to pour out support for our PTK students. As sponsors, we are so proud of the great things our students continue to accomplish for our school’s chapter,” commented April Nunn, Calhoun’s PTK Sponsor.

“Our PTK students work exceptionally hard all year long, they attend weekly meetings over the summer and they plan and execute events and projects prior to the Catalyst Convention,” said Burton. Among other things, the students participate in academic research, problem-solving, critical thinking, service to the school and community with on and off-campus events. They continuously recruit and share the many benefits of PTK membership to their fellow students. The chapter will begin its new year in May using an online format.

For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa program at Calhoun, please contact the sponsors at or
Sherika Attipoe, Acting Assistant Director of Public Relations & CETV
(256) 306-2560