Phi Theta Kappa hosts second annual Surry’s Got Talent


Surry Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter recently held the second annual “Surry’s Got Talent” contest. Participants included, from left, Elijah Bryant of Lowgap; Mindy Benfield of State Road; Daniel Gilbert of Hamptonville; Carson Brown of Hamptonville; Brittany Brown of Dobson; AC Pike, the son of student Chris Pike of Dobson; Andrew Cox of Boonville; and Julia Dover of Yadkinville. Not pictured is Chris Pike.


The Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Surry Community College recently held the second annual Surry’s Got Talent competition in which students competed for prizes.

As students, faculty, and community members filed into the seats of the Teaching Auditorium on Surry’s Dobson campus, they were in for a treat. With eight acts total, Surry’s Got Talent boasted a varied lineup including card tricks and several musical acts.

PTK advisor Kennette Thomas said, “We were extremely impressed with the variety and level of talent demonstrated by all of our participants. It was a very difficult decision for the judges.”

Julia Dover of Yadkinville received third place for her rendition of the Leonard Cohen hit “Hallelujah,” and Mindy Benfield of State Road took home second place singing the popular Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” while playing the ukulele.

The night’s top performance was awarded to duet partners Daniel Gilbert and Carson Brown, both of Hamptonville, for their cover of British pop crooner Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Gilbert expressed his enthusiasm for the event by thanking PTK members for coordinating the show, and added, “It was an awesome and fun experience.”

PTK raised $239 through admissions and concession sales. The funds raised will be used for chapter management and development including leadership training, conferences, and induction ceremonies.

PTK does campus service projects and participates in a college-wide service project each year. Most recently, the chapter coordinated with several other groups on campus and within the community to provide more than 50 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with packages including much needed toiletry items, non-perishable food items and feminine hygiene products.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., says it is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact PTK’s Faculty Advisor Kennette Thomas at (336) 386-3283 or thomask@surry.edu or go to www.ptk.org. You can also follow the local chapter on Facebook @surryPhiThetaKappa.

Surry Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter recently held the second annual “Surry’s Got Talent” contest. Participants included, from left, Elijah Bryant of Lowgap; Mindy Benfield of State Road; Daniel Gilbert of Hamptonville; Carson Brown of Hamptonville; Brittany Brown of Dobson; AC Pike, the son of student Chris Pike of Dobson; Andrew Cox of Boonville; and Julia Dover of Yadkinville. Not pictured is Chris Pike.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_Talent_SPRING2017-WEB-111.jpgSurry Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter recently held the second annual “Surry’s Got Talent” contest. Participants included, from left, Elijah Bryant of Lowgap; Mindy Benfield of State Road; Daniel Gilbert of Hamptonville; Carson Brown of Hamptonville; Brittany Brown of Dobson; AC Pike, the son of student Chris Pike of Dobson; Andrew Cox of Boonville; and Julia Dover of Yadkinville. Not pictured is Chris Pike.
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