MCC Graduate Recognized by PTK for Service as Chapter President

(Bradenton, Fla., May 22, 2006) - Recent Manatee Community College (MCC) graduate Jessica Karacia, 23, has received a 2006 Distinguished Chapter President Award from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society. Karacia served as president of the Nu Zeta chapter at MCC Bradenton.

Nearly 500 chapters competed for this year's coveted PTK awards. The Hallmark Awards Program is the Society's capstone competition that annually recognizes excellence in programs that promote PTK Hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. Distinguished Chapter Presidents are selected on the basis of recipients' demonstration of leadership, involvement in chapter programs, friendship with fellow officers and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks. MCC Assistant Professor Joni Pirnot served as adviser to MCC's Nu Zeta chapter.

Karacia, a Bradenton resident, graduated from MCC in early May with an associate in arts degree. One of four MCC students named to PTK's 2006 All-Florida Academic Team, she plans to major in physics at the University of South Florida-Tampa and hopes to do nuclear physics research or become a college professor. She also is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society.    

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