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York Tech Students Recognized for Promoting Art Awareness

March 2, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH—  York Tech’s Alpha Alpha Iota chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa student organization won second place in the 2012 SCTEA Student Community Involvement Project competition at the annual South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) conference last weekend. The winning project, titled The Artists of Tomorrow, was an art show designed to draw awareness to the importance of the arts and raise money for all of the art classrooms in the Rock Hill Schools.


Twenty-eight teachers participated and entered 10 pieces of student art each. York Technical College students also entered art work. The show was held on November 8, 2011, at the Baxter Hood Center. The show’s ticket sales and silent auction raised enough money that each of the elementary school art teachers received $75.


The Phi Theta Kappa chapter will face off against 83 other North and South Carolina chapters during the March regional convention. The group will compete on the international level in April.


Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, Karen Hedgepeth was happy to see her group win second place with the State Tech system award because that is the highest that York Tech has ever placed. “We are really looking forward to learning how we have ranked with our peers in the Carolinas’ Region and in Phi Theta Kappa International,” she said.


Mike Russow, York Tech Phi Theta Kappa vice-president for leadership, said, “We feel art is very important to a child’s development. It allows them to have an outlet for their creativity. Few people seem to appreciate that very much.”


Kristina Fusco, York Tech president of Phi Theta Kappa said, “The SCTEA award solidified that this was the best thing we could have done. It turned out beyond anyone’s expectations.” 


The art show was the Chapter’s Honors in Action Project, meaning that it was tied to the Honors Study Topic of Phi Theta Kappa International, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise.” Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college student through the opportunity to develop leadership and service.

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