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Mesalands recognizes student leaders

Three of the seven inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were Tucumcari High School dual students

October 26, 2015

New members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Mesalands: (front row left): Ashlee Bradley (Tucumcari High School), Cellisha Martinez (Tucumcari High School), Andreas Anaya (Tucumcari High School), Samantha Reuter, Monica Trillo Barraza, Yash Shah, and Jennie Hall.

New members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Mesalands: (front row left): Ashlee Bradley (Tucumcari High School), Cellisha Martinez (Tucumcari High School), Andreas Anaya (Tucumcari High School), Samantha Reuter, Monica Trillo Barraza, Yash Shah, and Jennie Hall.

Mesalands Community College recently inducted seven new members to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. The ceremony was held on campus on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Phi Theta Kappa is based on academic achievement and offers personal development through scholarship, service, fellowship, and leadership. For the first time in the College’s history, dual enrolled students from Tucumcari High School were also inducted into PTK.

Each candidate for membership in Phi Theta Kappa must have completed 12 semester hours that may lead to a declared associate’s degree, with a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be currently enrolled in six credit hours, and adhere to the school code. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 must be maintained to remain in good standing.

Ashlee Bradley (right), a dual enrolled student from Tucumcari High School, signs her name as a new member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, during a special ceremony at Mesalands Community College.

Ashlee Bradley (right), a dual enrolled student from Tucumcari High School, signs her name as a new member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, during a special ceremony at Mesalands Community College.

Ashlee Bradley a dual enrolled student from Tucumcari High School, is currently enrolled in 19 credit hours at Mesalands Community College. She says being part of Phi Theta Kappa is a rare opportunity for a high school student.

“I have already met all of my requirements for high school and now I’m just taking more college courses to get them done,” Bradley said. “I’m currently enrolled in the Certified Nursing Program at Mesalands and will be taking the phlebotomy certification program in the spring.”

Bradley will be graduating next semester with both her high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree in University Studies from Mesalands. She plans to attend the combined BA/MD program through the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

“Members of Phi Theta Kappa represent student success, leadership, and service. On behalf of Mesalands Community College, I congratulate these students for their academic achievements,” said Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, President of Mesalands. “We are also proud to welcome three of our dual high school students to Phi Theta Kappa. These students have met both the credit hours and GPA requirements to be part of such a prestigious honor society.”

Fall 2015 Inductees

Andreas Anaya Social Work
Yash Shah Pre-Engineering
Jennie Hall Pre-Nursing
Ashlee Bradley Pre-Medicine
Cellisha Martinez Pre-Medicine
Samantha Reuter Art
Monica Trillo Barraza Pre-Nursing