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PRCC's Local Honors Society Receives National Awards

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The local chapter of a national honor society at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College receives five awards for outstanding leadership in the community.

The Beta Tau Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society went San Jose, California for national recognition. The group was awarded a distinguished chapter award, which gives them a five-star-status.

"What that means is that we are active at our local level, at our community level in our college, at the regional level and at the national-international level, " said Dr. Ryan Ruckel, one of the chapter advisors. 

He said one service projects they did last year was to help register students to vote during the presidential election.

"We registered close to 70 students to vote in several different counties," he said.

Ruckel said the work that these students put into serving the community is tremendous.

"Giving back to the community has been a part of my life," said PRCC Student Carol Byrd-Brown. 

"The things that I've been able to do with this group of people has been great," said Andy Sims, who won a $1,000 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholarship award.

"I was one of eight members of the state awarded it," he said.

Chapter Advisor Dr. Terri Smith-Ruckel received the Paragon Award.

"I can't think of anything more worth while than helping students, especially community college students," she said.

Sims and others said they are excited about the new projects coming up. 

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