Honolulu CC’s PTK students with advisor, Lena Low.

Honolulu Community College’s Alpha Kappa Iota Chapter walked away as big winners at the annual Pacific Region Convention of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society on March 11 at Kapiʻolani Community College.

Awards received:

  • Honors in Action Project Award (project leader and writer: Davida Aila)
  • Honors in Action Theme Award: Individualism and Collectivism (project leader and writer: Davida Aila)
  • College Project Award  (project leader and writer: Steffanie Sobitz)
  • Distinguished Chapter Award
  • Five Star Chapter Award
  • Horizon Advisor Award—Jeannie Shaw

“Our Phi Theta Kappa students worked so hard work over the past year and it is nice to see their efforts recognized in such a big way,” shares Lena Low, long time PTK advisor.

The students have given back to the community by participating in numerous service projects including: Aloha Week Hōkūleʻa, Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, Honolulu Harbor Cleanup and the Loʻi Kalo Park restoration. They have engaged in a challenging scholarly Honors in Action Project based on their current PTK Honors Study Topic—How the World Works: Global Perspectives. The chapter’s Honors in Action Project focused on the role Hawaiian values of Aloha and Welina play in shaping how the world works.

On March 16, the Chapter held its spring 2017 induction ceremony for new members in the Norman Loui Conference Center and included a special message from Honolulu CC alumni and Automotive Technology instructor, Robert Siva. The induction ceremony is a joyful celebration honoring the academic achievements of PTK students.