Saturday, May 10, 2014

ECCC's Allen Elected PTK Regional President

East Central Community College freshman Zachary Allen of
Louisville was elected President of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college.

Elections were held during the group’s annual convention heldMarch 21-23 at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.

Allen was earlier selected incoming President of ECCC’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and will serve concurrently in both positions during his sophomore year.

“I decided to run for regional president because I felt that I could better engage myself to better serve my community not only on East Central’s campus but throughout the Mississippi/Louisiana Region,” Allen said. ”I am looking forward to developing projects to serve my community. I plan to lead Theta Xi to be the Distinguished Chapter of the Region and to make our regional chapter the Most Distinguished Chapter internationally.”

Amanda Walton, Theta Xi co-adviser, said, “We decided to run Zach for president and his speech was nothing short of amazing! He spoke of how our chapter was going places, not unlike our college, which was just named the 23rd fast growing community college in the nation.

“This opportunity to represent the Mississippi/Louisiana region as President is the first stepping stone for Theta Xi to be the Most Distinguished Chapter in the world by doing things the EC way: Excellence with Class.”

Allen is a 2013 honor graduate of Winston Academy, where he was named to the Hall of Fame and received the Citizenship Award. He also received the Citizenship and Spanish Awards, was a Boys’ State Delegate and was selected Most Intellectual and Most Likely to Succeed during Who’s Who elections.

He served as Senior Class president and was a member of the Honor Society, Gazette staff, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and tennis and track teams. He served as captain of the Quiz Bowl team and was named 2013 MAIS AA Outstanding Honor Society Member.

At East Central, he is a member of Warrior Corps and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Allen has served on the Mayor’s Youth Council, volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club and the Winston County Library, received a Presidential Community Service Award, and has been involved in many local, state and national political campaigns.

He is a member of the South Louisville Baptist Church Youth Group and placed superior in the Mississippi Southern Baptist Association Bible Drills.

Along with Walton, Jenna Wright and Chris Ryals also serve as Theta Xi advisers.