Alpha Psi Gamma, the local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, was the recipient of nine awards this year, including the prestigious Most Distinguished Chapter for the Greater Northwest Region. Diane Hawkins and Kerra Apolo attended the Spring Conference in Tacoma this past weekend and almost needed an extra suitcase to bring home the awards.
Diane, who has served as the Regional District IV Vice President for 2012-2013, presented several workshops at the conference. Kerra ran for regional office and will now take over as the District IV Vice President for 2013-2014. This position is both an honor and an opportunity as Kerra will now travel all over the U.S. during the spring and summer attending the International Convention, an Honors Institute, and other workshops.
Alpha Psi Gamma competed with 55 other chapters through a series of projects and activities to win Most Distinguished Chapter. Other awards included first place for both the Honors In Action Award and Theme Six Award. These awards recognized the chapter’s work with the Empty Bowl event, the Eat Local Challenge, and the elementary school calendar contest promoting eating locally.
The chapter took second place for the College Project, based on their help with the Valdez Relay For Life. Diane and Kerra served with Amy Williams and Jeremy Miller on the Steering Committee for the 2012 Relay. Amy introduced Recess Relay to our community (which brought in over $5500); her work with this event was instrumental in the chapter being honored for its College Project.
Jeremy Miller won second place for Distinguished Chapter Member. He joined the chapter last year as a provisional member and worked hard on all of the chapter’s projects long before he became an official member. Diane also received an award for his distinguished service as a regional officer. Kerra received third place for the Di Braun Visual Arts submission. The chapter also took home first place for its yearbook, which celebrated the Honors in Study topic on Culture of Competition by using the Iditarod as its theme for all of its work to achieve the Five Star status again.
Now the chapter is helping Diane prepare for her candidacy for International Vice President. Victoria Richardson is serving as her campaign manager, and they will be heading to San Jose, California in a few weeks along with Kerra. Let’s all wish her well!