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Kilgore College English Honor Society will induct 55 new members May 6

Upsilon Delta, the Kilgore College chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta – the national English honor society for two-year colleges – will induct 51 students qualifying for membership this spring.

In addition to 51 new inductees, the Upsilon Delta chapter will award honorary membership to four mentors who have worked to ensure the chapter’s success at KC: Jason Graves, English department head and founder of SKD at KC; Stephanie Laszik, professor and previous sponsor of SKD at KC; Becky Johnson, dean of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Brenda Kays, president of KC.

This is the first year that honorary membership has been given to anyone at KC.

The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.

Membership in SKD requires students to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; to earn no grade lower that a “B” in a college English class; and to have completed at least one semester of college studies.

Heather Fitch, associate professor of English, is the sponsor for the Upsilon Delta chapter of SKD at KC.

SKD, founded in 1996 at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, Ill., is the only national organization that recognizes academic excellence in English for community college students.

KC started its chapter in 2009 by submitting an application to the national offices and undergoing a successful review of facilities and instruction.

The Upsilon Delta chapter has been distinguished as an Ivy Chapter and will continue to strive for excellence.

The SKD chapter at KC extends membership invitations to eligible students each semester via email.

For more information about SKD or for questions regarding membership in the organization, contact Fitch at

SKD inductees:

Maria Leonor Alvarez

Jaycee Beavers

Kaliana Brower

Allison Brown

Pauline Bryant

Timothy Buchanan

Francisca Cadenas

Mary Camp

Ashley Julianna Castillo

Alicia Cline

Amber Coker

Lyndsey Copeland

Brooklyn Davis

Alayna Diaz

Gregory C. Dodson

Karla Dominguez

Jodie Franke

Dylan Freeman

Austin Gattis

Kylie Gehrke

Laura Soto Gonzalez

Anna Graves

Patricia Hernandez

Desireee Hoskins

Betty Hull

Stormy Ibarra

Anna Johnston

Jennifer Kirk

Matthew Maitland

Cherylle McAuley

James McClure

Kimberli Obrien

Ashley Padilla

Kathryn Rock

Samantha Rollins

Erith Rushing

Scotty Shelton

Faith Simpson

Brooke Smith

Tyler Stroschein

Brooklynn Sumrow

Hazel Swaim

Alyssa Taylor

Kenia Trejo-Mendoza

Angelina Voss

Hanna Waldon

Alexandria West

Alyse Wilkins

James Williams

Andrew Williamson

Kiersten Woodard

SKD honorary inductees:

Jason Graves

Stephanie Laszik

Becky Johnson

Dr. Brenda Kays

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