The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 7, 2013

ECC Honor Society wins national award


ROCKY MOUNT — For the first time ever, Edgecombe Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter has won an Honors Case Study Challenge Award in a competition sponsored by USA Today.

Each year, there are only four winners nationwide.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for students attending two-year schools.

The Honors Case Study Challenge focused on choosing and reading several newspaper articles on a topic related to Phi Theta Kappa's international honors topic. This year's honors topic was "The Culture of Competition."

ECC's winning entry was entitled "Coming of Age: Competitive Senior Citizens in Contemporary America."

Entry packages included a summary of the topic based on the information presented in at least five articles, a documentation list, an essay on the implications of this topic for society in the future, several discussion questions, and several suggested sources for additional reading.

Phi Theta Kappa chapter student leaders Phyllis Williams, vice president of service, and Patrick Philips, secretary, developed the entry package.

Winning chapters will receive recognition at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Jose, Calif., a plaque, and a $500 scholarship.