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Kilgore chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, English honor student receive national recognition

Kilgore chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, English honor student receive national recognition

POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:14pm

The Kilgore College chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta recently received word that it has been named an “Ivy Chapter” for excellence.

Sigma Kappa Delta is the national English honor society for two-year colleges.

The KC chapter sponsors are Jason Graves, English instructor and assistant department chair for Language Development, and Dr. Richard Harrison, Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts.

“We were really happy to get this news,” Graves said. “Only 14 chapters nationwide managed to gain ‘Ivy Chapter’ status.”

Besides being names an “Ivy Chapter,” KC sponsors learned that one of their SKD members, Carol Degrasse, was recognized by the national organization as an outstanding student in English.

Students from only 20 colleges received this level of recognition.

At KC, outstanding English students are invited to join Sigma Kappa Delta once each academic year.

Last spring, the KC chapter inducted 34 new members.

Sigma Kappa Delta was originally formed through Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society for four-year colleges. Its purpose is to recognize and honor outstanding students of English language and literature.

Through its chapters on two-year college campuses nationwide, SKD provides students with many opportunities to advance the study of language and literature, to develop skills in both creative and analytical writing and to receive scholarships to help with the cost of continuing their education.

The name Sigma Kappa Delta derives from the Greek letters representing the first letter in each of the works in the society’s motto, “Sincerity, Knowledge and Design.”

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