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Mid Michigan Community College honored at international honor society convention

Left to right: Allyson Sura (Shepherd), Frank Taylor (Farwell), Shelley Halifax (Beaverton). Courtesy photo.

HARRISON — Mid Michigan Community College was honored at the International Convention for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in April.  The convention, which took place in Nashville, drew over 4,000 students from around the world.

From MMCC, three Phi Theta Kappa students attended the convention.

One of those three students, Frank Taylor, ran for International President of the International Honor Society.  Campaigning for presidency of the 1,275 chapter society is an enormous task. But, Taylor embraced the challenge.

Frank Taylor on the campaign trail. Courtesy photo.

Taylor campaigned with the theme Rise Above, which encouraged others to rise above themselves and obstacles that they face.  Taylor understands the principle well; he suffered four strokes in 2004 and was told that he would never walk or talk again.  Today, he does both, holds a 3.7 GPA, and stays actively involved at MMCC.

“You can’t imagine the amount of work that a candidate puts into a campaign,” noted Tammy Alvaro, chapter advisor.  “In my opinion, regardless of what the final vote conveyed, Frank was a complete success and represented our chapter and college with honor.  I’m very proud of him.”

Mid Michigan Community College’s chapter was honored as one of the Top 100 chapters in Phi Theta Kappa, and chapter Vice President (Mt. Pleasant campus), Sean Feehery, was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for his contributions.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, having inducted more than 2.5 million members since its founding in 1918.

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