p t k inductees
The newest Phi Theta Kappa inductees of Leeward Community College.

Twelve Leeward Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Lambda Chapter on November 23. Faculty Advisor, Michael Bauer and co-advisor Allan Nebrija, led the inductees in the oath and welcomed all into the honor society alongside Chancellor Carlos Peñaloza.

The newest members of Leeward’s PTK are:

  • Merriam Cook Conte, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian and indigenous health and healing at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu.
  • Tara Hartley who will transfer to UH Mānoa next year where she’ll work toward a double major in psychology and social work.
  • Tatiana Lee, an elementary education major that wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in teacher education.
  • Mary Lewis whose educational goal is to earn a master’s degree in human resources management.
  • Kaumakaonalani “Maka” Medeiros, who plans on earning her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in sustainable community food systems at UH West Oʻahu.
  • Royce Nagai, a psychology and anthropology graduate from UH West Oʻahu who is currently fulfilling his prerequisite classes at Leeward.
  • Tierry Roboman, a double major in business technology and liberal arts who wishes to own her own business one day.
  • Reina Sepulveda, an aspiring registered nurse specializing in geriatrics who is completing her prerequisite courses for the nursing program at Kapiʻolani CC.
  • Katrina Spencer who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at UH Mānoa in creative media with a minor in Japanese.
  • Jostine Stanley who plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
  • Christine Vanterpool, the first in her family to finish college, who intends to pursue a degree in psychology.
  • Weiqi Wang, a freshman at Waiʻanae Moku who wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in business.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society of two-year colleges, whose mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. With more than 1,250 chapters, PTK membership provides members with access to transfer scholarships to more than 600 senior colleges, automatic nomination to the prestigious National Dean’s List and a myriad of other advantages and recognition opportunities.

—By Kathleen Cabral

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The PTK inductees during the Lighting of Candles.