Mark Simonds, a Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student from Nicholasville, will be honored at an upcoming Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society conference. He is one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa members, selected from 450 national and international nominees, to be honored with the 2014 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. The award will be presented during Nerd Nation 2014, the PTK annual convention, in Orlando, Fla., April 24-26.
Distinguished Chapter Officers must be nominated by their chapters and are chosen based on a student’s demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action, other engagement in the Society and enthusiasm for the Hallmarks of the Society, which are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
“Last year, Mark was named a Distinguished Member,” said Lucinda Baker, one of BCTC’s Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisers. “Since joining Phi Theta Kappa, Mark has not only developed into an awesome student leader, he has also mentored his fellow students, helping them develop their leadership skills.”
In addition to his Phi Theta Kappa awards, Simonds recently received a research grant from the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium program. Simonds was part of a team of students that designed and built a satellite that orbits the Earth at 18,000 miles per hour at 300 miles altitude. The satellite passes over Kentucky every 90 minutes, which allows students to communicate with it. The grant includes a trip to NASA so Simonds can present his project findings.
Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.