Chris Harte, Ximena Smith, Oleksandra Haleblian, Jamila Carter and Amber Myers represented the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society regional convention where they earned multiple awards.
Officers representing the Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society brought home several awards from the regional convention held in Richmond the first weekend in March. The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter is based at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
President Oleksandra Haleblian of Manassas, Vice President Amber Myers of Centreville, Secretary Ximena Smith of Centreville, Treasurer Chris Harte of Manassas and Public Relations Officer Jamila Carter of Gainesville attended the convention with chapter advisor Rebecca Hayes. Hayes teaches history at the Manassas Campus.
The chapter’s officers earned the Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team award with Haleblian receiving first place for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer. Hayes was named Most Distinguished Advisor.
The chapter also won the Host Chapter Award and a Distinguished Theme Award for Honors in Action.
Lynne Hallett of Manassas was first runner up for Most Distinguished Chapter Member.
Haleblian, Hallett and Mariya Podeyko of Warrenton received Hall of Honor awards.
Other awards included first place for communications, third place for fundraising, honorable mention for Most Distinguished Chapter and honorable mention for Smith for Distinguished Chapter Officer.
In addition, the chapter achieved Five Star Level at the national level for the first time, according to Hayes.
“Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from campus involvement to regional and international involvement,” Hayes said. “After completing many requirements, we were one of only four U.S. chapters to reach this level.”
Forty-nine chapters from Virginia and West Virginia participated in the regional convention. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.