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National Recognition for Kirtland’s Honor Society. How Distinguished!

We are always looking to share the tens, hundreds, even thousands of world class and distinctive things happening at our school.  This Week @ Kirtland, we’ve got something very cool to share.  Very distinguished, as a matter of fact!  A big CONGRATS! to Terry Geary, who is the advisor for Kirtland’s Phi Theta Kappa student honor society.  At the 95th annual Phi Theta Kappa convention in San Jose, Calif., Terry was selected to receive the Distinguished Advisor Award for her service, commitment and leadership of Kirtland’s Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter.

Geary Receives Distinguished Advisor Award

Geary Receives Distinguished Advisor Award

Nominated by Phi Theta Kappa students here at Kirtland, Terry was one of only two advisors in the state to receive this prestigious national award.  Unfortunately, Terry was unable to attend and receive her award in person.  Luckily, Kirtland Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter members Brandy Howe and Trish Sanders attended the national convention, along with 92 fellow Michiganders representing 18 honor society chapters from schools throughout the state.  In front of 5,000 convention attendees, Brandy accepted the award on Terry’s behalf and she and Trish quickly shared the exciting news with Terry via text message!

“I’m just so proud.  I can’t say how much it means to me,” said Geary.  As an advisor, Geary is used to seeing and supporting the students’ efforts to reach various recognition goals.  “Seeing what our honor students go through to achieve Phi Theta Kappa Five Star levels of recognition for the chapter is incredible,” said Geary.

To nominate Geary, board members Brandy Howe (President), Kevin Howe (Vice President/PR) and Trish Sanders (Treasurer/ Secretary) completed an online application and submitted an essay explaining why  Geary deserved consideration. Additionally, President Quinn prepared a letter of recommendation to be submitted to Phi Theta Kappa’s main office. “I’m so honored the students took the initiative to nominate me for this award,” shared Geary.

As advisor for Kirtland’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society for the past six years, Geary’s goal is to keep students on task, facilitate ongoing and open communication, foster learning and growth, and help students recognize those things which will make them successful beyond their life as a student.  With between 50-75 new members each year, Geary believes she has influenced the lives of close to 400 students during her tenure as advisor.

“To see them grow as students is very rewarding,” Geary said.  “They work so hard on behalf of themselves, the Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter and the college.    Achieving and continuing to maintain Five Star chapter status is such an accomplishment and shows tremendous commitment by our students.”

To qualify for Kirtland’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society, students must achieve a 3.5 GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Geary invites qualifying students to join and helps them complete the required registration and membership paperwork required at state and national levels.  To learn more about Kirtland’s Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter, contact Terry Geary at or 989-275-5000, ext. 359.

Congratulation Terry!  You are, indeed, a very distinguished advisor and your recognition is well deserved!  Keep up the great work on behalf of current and future honor society members!


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