30Mar Marion Tech Students Host Statewide Conference by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) In early March, Marion Technical College hosted a statewide conference for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. More than 100 top college students and their advisors from around the state came to Marion to share ideas and network. From left to right: Jessica Weber, Ivy Shoemaker, Kaleb Raymond, Bre Napper, Hally Courtad, and Danielle Lambrite The weekend culminated with the Ohio Region’s Hallmark Awards ceremony, where more than 40 awards and scholarships were presented. Several Marion Tech students won for outstanding scholarship. Breanna Napper received the Cindy L. Carbone Scholarship for $500. Napper was also recognized as the most distinguished district representative. Jessica Weber received the Buckeye Scholarship for $500. Hally Courtad received the Most Valuable Member Scholarship for $250. Dr. Andrew Hand received the Charlie Gallucci Advising Award of Appreciation. Bre Napper, left, and Ivy Shoemaker, right, show their awards MTC’s Beta Nu Phi Chapter received the Progress Award, the Honors in Action Theme Award, and was ranked sixth out of all 42 chapters statewide. For their efforts over the past year, MTC’s chapter was recognized as a 5-star chapter, the highest rating attainable. “I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished this year with even more to look forward to next year!” Napper exclaimed. “Many students said that it was the best Ohio Region conference in a long time,” said Ivy Shoemaker, Marion Tech alumna. “The Ohio Regional coordinator said everything was absolutely perfect and continually applauded our team’s dedication and efforts put into the conference. We tried to think outside of the box and bring new adventures and collaborative opportunities to the Ohio Region, which is now a 5-star region.” The hard work, planning and creativity that went into the conference on the Marion campus paid off. Students pose in the Zombie Escape Room “We had an escape room, bubble soccer, rock climbing, esports, board games, ping pong, billiards, air hockey, and more to offer chapters a chance to mingle and get to know each other as well as share ideas with and get ideas from other chapters,” Shoemaker shared. Several Marion Tech staff members supported the students and helped the conference run smoothly. They were proud to show off Marion to guests across the state. “We worked so hard all year to not only host a good conference but do projects that show us the positive change in the Marion community for the years to come. The recognition feels great but the family we have made through PTK has been the best part for me!” said Danielle Lambrite, Workforce Solutions Assistant. Dr. Hand seconded her sentiments. “I am so proud of how hard our chapter worked over the past year and I am so impressed with how well these young people came together to host the most successful conference the Ohio Region has had in quite some time!” Dr. Hand proclaimed. Dr. Andrew Hand Dr, Bob Haas, MTC Chief Strategy Officer and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services, stated, “Our PTK students and the leaders of our Beta Nu Pi Society performed flawlessly. Our MTC PTK Chapter did an outstanding job hosting the conference and received accolades from the Ohio Region’s Executive Team. Congrats to these students and staff members for a job well done!” Dr. Bob Haas For more on this honor society, visit www.ptk.org.