Students, alumni, and advisors from Mid Michigan College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK), recently attended the National Virtual Catalyst and Virtual Michigan Regional Conventions.

At the conventions, PTK recognized the outstanding achievements of their members, advisors, college presidents, administrators, alumni, and chapters with the presentation of Hallmark Awards.

Mid Michigan College’s PTK Chapter was recognized from among 1,300 chapters for achieving the highest level of development for a chapter, a 5 Star level. Participation in the 5 Star chapter development program encourages excellence and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter. Mid’s chapter earned top honors at both the State and National levels based on their scores for their Honors in Action research and College projects.

“I am so proud of all that our team has accomplished this year. In the midst of trials and disappointment we continued to persevere. Our commitment and passion to our College and community is what made this dream a reality,” shared Lindsey Marlin (Beaverton), Mid Student and PTK Chapter President. “What an honor it is to be nationally recognized! We are so very thankful to all who made this possible. I will forever be grateful for the lifelong friendships and knowledge that I have gained through PTK during this past year, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.”

Awards received at the National Catalyst Convention

  • Top 100 Chapter
  • Top 30 Distinguished Chapter
  • Top 50 Distinguished Honors in Action Project
  • Top 3 Honors in Action Project Theme | Theme 2: Natural and Constructed Environments
  • Distinguished College Administrator Award | Dr. Scott Mertes, VP of Academic Affairs & Community Outreach
  • 5 Star Chapter Development Award
  • Reach Rewards Chapter
  • Top 30 Distinguished Chapter Officers | Lindsey Marlin (Beaverton), AOO President

Awards received at the Michigan Regional Convention

  • Michigan Region Most Distinguished Chapter | 1st Runner Up
  • 5 Star Chapter Development Award
  • Michigan Region Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Award | Lindsey Marlin (Beaverton) – Winner, 1st
  • Michigan Region Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Award | Elliott Dawes (Lake) – 5th Runner Up
  • Honors in Action Awards | 1st Runner Up
  • Honors in Action Awards – Theme 2 | Winner, 1st
  • College Project Awards | 7th Runner Up
  • Design a Brick | Aaliyah Lannon (Harrison) – Winner, 1st
  • Jessalyn Justice (Mt. Pleasant), Mid PTK Member, was elected to the 2021-2022 Michigan Board of Officers to further her leadership skills as well.
“This year our students chose to focus on the extreme flooding our area experienced in early 2020 for their Honors in Action project,” noted Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement and Mid’s PTK Chapter Advisor. “Students set goals as a team, researched a topic, collaborated with other students, faculty, staff, and community and business leaders to create an action plan based on what they discovered from their research. These activities give students soft skills and tools they will take into their futures to help our communities prepare for future challenges they may face.”

Mid’s Honors in Action project team included the following students Elliott Dawes (Lake), Jessalyn Justice (Mt. Pleasant), Lindsey Marlin (Beaverton), Halsey Riesberg (Alma), Montana Russell (Mt. Pleasant), and Anna Woodworth (Mt. Pleasant). This team was recently notified that their project, entitled Dam It! What Caused the 500 Year Flood of 2020?, has been selected from among 400 entries to be included as one of eighteen articles in the 2021 edition of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research. The publication is expected to be available by June of 2021, and will be shared with the community college world in hard copy format and online at

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

Mid launched a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter in 1989. Over the past 32 years, Mid’s chapter has earned and maintained the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter.

For more information about Mid’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, visit or contact Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement, at or (989) 386-6634.

Chapter Award
Marlin Award
PTK Project Award
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