RANGER – Tristan Davis has a goal in mind for her plans after she graduates from Gorman High School as part of the Class of 2020: She wants to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and study biology.
Davis took another step toward that goal on Sunday, Oct. 28, when she joined 21 other students in being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society during a special ceremony at Ranger College. A junior at Gorman, Davis was one of several high school students earning the honor through the college’s dual credit program.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of this,” said Davis, who was joined at the ceremony by her sister, Trinity, who graduated from Ranger College in 2017. “I think it is a really big accomplishment for still being in high school. Hopefully, it will help me get to where I want.”
Phi Theta Kappa is designed to recognize the nation’s top two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors. Phi Theta Kapp, which was founded in 1918, is the largest honor society in American high education with more than 2.5 million members.
Like Davis, Ranger College sophomores Alexandra Luna and Allan Marquez were excited at the opportunity that being inducted into the honor society presented, and the special place they have earned among the top 10 percent American two-year college students.
“It’s an awesome thing to be a part of,” said Luna, who is planning to continue her education at the University of Texas-Rio Grande next year. “Not everyone gets to be a part of this.”
“I feel smart,” laughed Marquez, a graduate of Palestine High School in East Texas. “I think it is a nice accomplishment for my time here, plus it will make my family proud.”
Ranger College President Dr. William J. Campion congratulated each of the students for their academic success during the ceremony, and challenged them to use their membership in PTK to reach greater heights.
“You will get out of PTK exactly what you put into it,” he said. “You are among the best coming out of two-year colleges, and [PTK membership] will open many new doors for you. I challenge you to go through them.”
Campion, noting that PTK membership helped students land large scholarship at larger 4-year universities, cited Ana Claudia Stahelin, the current president of the Delta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and former RC volleyball standout Jale Gosch as examples of what PTK membership could do. Gosch, a native of Neustadt, Germany who graduated from Ranger College in May, recently landed the largest transfer scholarship ever handed out by Texas Christian University.
Campion said he expected Stahelin to do equally well when 4-year universities hand out scholarship funding in March 2019.
Joining Davis, Luna and Marquez in being inducted into PTK were Jeromee Carman Ranger, Texas), Gabriel Coyote (Ranger, Texas), Dara Hale Brownwood, Texas), Zane Herrington (Breckenridge, Texas), Dakota Irwin (Ranger, Texas), Vaughn Kelly (Kingston, Jamaica), Krysta Loeffler (Santa Anna, Texas), Michelle Mays (Brownwood, Texas), Dillon Morris (Carthage, Texas), Madison Reed (Stephenville, Texas), Luis Rivas (Mexico), Grace Rogers (Stephenville, Texas), Briana Storey (Early, Texas), Laicie Taliaferro (Brady, Texas), Kaleb Thompson (Katy, Texas), Kate Thompson (Ranger, Texas), Morgan Tinsman (Brownwood, Texas), Oscar Urbina (Dallas, Texas), Zoeie Webster (Stephenville, Texas) and Lindsea Wilhelm (Comanche, Texas).