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Kilgore College Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns five-star status

(From left to right) Curtis Ivory (KC PTK Chapter Advisor), Leticia Laranjeira (International Vice President – Division II, Alpha Zeta Eta Chapter of Dallas College–North Lake Campus), Gabby Rivera (KC PTK Chapter President),Yoselin De la Paz (KC PTK Chapter Secretary) and Johnny Munoz (KC PTK Chapter Vice President).

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) announced this week that the Kilgore College chapter, Gamma Omicron, has achieved Five-Star Chapter status.

The PTK Five-Star Chapter status requires five levels of engagement with each level consisting of prescribed activities to build a strong, active chapter.

PTK was also presented with an Award of Merit for the planning and creation of the Trunk-or-Treat event held on campus in the fall.

In addition to these chapter accolades, two of its members were inducted into the District 3 Hall of Honors: Gabby Rivera, PTK president for the 2023-2024 academic year; and Yoselin Delapaz, PTK secretary.

“Gabby has exhibited exemplary leadership skills, steering our chapter through a pivotal transitional period with unwavering dedication,” said Kate Yglesias, PTK faculty sponsor. “Despite facing challenges such as integrating new advisors, Gabby’s commitment ensured the fulfillment of all objectives, maintaining our Five-Star Chapter status. Her leadership extended to organizing successful events like the Trunk-or-Treat, which has become a staple community outreach event for Kilgore College.”

Yglesias said that Delapaz has shown remarkable dedication to the recruitment of new members and promoting the values of the PTK organization on campus.

“Her active participation in recruitment events and ability to foster an inclusive environment have been instrumental in expanding our chapter’s reach,” Yglesias said. “Yoselin’s compassion and empathy were evident during our chapter’s Christmas carol event at a local assisted living facility where she forged meaningful connections with the residents.”

Faculty sponsors of KC’s PTK organization are Kate Yglesias, government instructor; and Curtis Ivory, biology instructor.

For more information, contact Yglesias at, or visit the official Phi Theta Kappa website at

About PTK:

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges, helping them 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. To be eligible for PTK, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework in the previous long semester that may be applied to an associate degree—or they must have completed at least 20 hours as a part-time student that may be applied to an associate degree, all with a 3.6 Grade Point Average.  Learn more at

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