On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter in Hilo conducted its formal Spring 2015 Induction Ceremonies. Vice President of Membership Desiree DeCanto-Gardner served as Induction Chairperson and Chapter President Sean Kirkpatrick served as the Master of Ceremonies. Speech and Communications Lecturer Clayton Kua delivered the Keynote Address. Chancellor Noreen Yamane, Vice Chancellor Jim Yoshida, Vice Chancellor Jason Cifra and OCET Director Debbie Shigehara celebrated with the inductees and their families.
Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recognizes scholars and develops leaders. There are 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, the British Virgin Islands and U.S. territorial possessions. Approximately 134,000 students are inducted annually.
The HawCC Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter members represent the top 10 percent of students enrolled at Hawai‘i Community College. Students must earn a 3.5 minimum, cumulative grade point average and 12 credits toward an associate’s degree prior to being invited by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to join the society. Members participate in year-round activities that promote the organization’s four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 inductees:
Fall 2014 Inductees
Tyler Amaral, Nessa De Lima, Nicholas Eisen, Asa Glendon, Charles Haasenritter, Jelyn Heaster, Nyree Hulme, Melissa Jacinto, Tyla Kalvaitis, Zena Kiyota, Nicole Kuratsu, LyronJean Lee, Maria-Teresa Madali, Reed Mahuna, Asuncion Meneky, Samantha Mowry, Ailene Navarro, Napua Neves, Maria Ogle, Jet Proctor, CristinLee Spencer, Vanessa Villesca, Candace Wharton, Jeremy Wilson, Shayne Wusstig and Rain Yempuku.
Spring 2015 Inductees
Dexter Acasio, Rhonda Akano, Jorji Akiona-Oden, Kahealani Andrews, Sarah Balcita, Anya Benavides, Chrissie Brown, Jeffrey Cabanatan, Jeffery Campbell, Aldyn Dalere, Sherry Fox, Martabella Freedman, Lenny Fujimoto, Neil Gorospe, Chansen Haili, Sina Hanohano, Angel Caitlin Hess, Taylor Ignacio, Sandy Jardine, Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau, Kapualani Kalani-Maskell, Michelle Kobayashi, Luana Lavata‘i, Piadora Mana, Hanna Michaud, Melanie Morrison, Yu Natsume, Matt Okuno, Maela-Naira Padamada, Jarrett Pang, Henry Sanborn, Elisha Sevareid, James Smith, Cherisse Souza, Ira Jenina Tablatin, Jeff Tanaka, Schantell Taylor, Kori Todd, Bradley Tsugawa, Raquel Ventura, David Vera Cruz, Nathan Wong, Serena Wright, and Mieko Yajima.