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Citrus College Student Named Phi Theta Kappa International Vice President
Glendora, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Citrus College student Philippe Schicker was recently elected international vice president of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Division IV. PTK is the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students, with a mission of recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and providing opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
An international student from Germany, Schicker joined PTK to serve the local community and meet like-minded students. In his role as international vice president, Schicker will represent 292 PTK chapters across eight regional organizations, including chapters located in Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
At the 2018 PTK Catalyst Convention in Kansas City and as part of the selection process, Schicker responded to panel questions in front of a crowd of more than 4,500 and delivered a speech about the Syrian refugee crisis. He was elected by his peers the following day.
"I was elated when I received the news," Schicker said. "I never thought that joining PTK would lead to such incredible opportunities, and now I am representing community colleges throughout the western United States as well as far-reaching territories, such as Guam and American Samoa."
Schicker has been invited to speak at the 2018 Community College League of California convention in November. The theme of the event will be, "Eyes on the Horizon."
"Citrus College is immensely proud of Philippe Schicker," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "Phi Theta Kappa is an important part of the Citrus College community, as it helps shape an honor student's experiences at this institution. During his time at Citrus, Philippe has distinguished himself as a student leader and has represented the college exceptionally well at all of his engagements."
Schicker plans to transfer to Stanford in fall 2019 and major in engineering with an emphasis on renewable energy.