Honors club offers expanded learning opportunity

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The Julia Ann Kasch Honors Academy provides a community for students who would like to challenge themselves and improve their experience in and out of the traditional classroom. Like most other organizations, students are welcomed to join the club without any invitation.

“I think it is a great way for students to connect and have fun. I also love the fact that any student is welcome regardless of their GPAs.” Kayla Deatherage, a current member of the honors club, said.

Honors meetings are every week at 10 a.m. on Friday in CLC 34.

The club’s faculty members are Dr. Shannon Carroll, Vice President at FPC, and Ms. Susan Layton, English professor. For the Fall 2017 semester, eight students with different majors and pursuits of interests participate in the club.

“Honors is about experience, cultural, academic, and social,” Layton said.

Layton said that Honors is one of the most gratifying experiences in her career.

“It is my hope it is as rewarding for our students as it has been for me,” Layton said.

Honors takes various field trips throughout the year, including visitation to Panhandle Plains Museum, Boomtown Museum, Halloween trip to Amarillo, Amarillo Museum of Art, a trip to Lubbock, and the Ugly Sweater Parade. They are usually followed by lunches at a restaurant nearby.

“Personally, honors has provided me a different angle of learning. Our trips serve to break the barrier of standard formal education by personalizing the experience,” Todd Campbell, student, said.

Among the activities offered by the club, most students were fascinated by their cultural trips to the museums.

Student Cheyenne Ketterer said she enjoys the trips to museums because of the coercive art and history they experience.

“It’s amazing to watch art change through the years based on the cultural movements going on around us,” Ketterer said.

Honors has a fund from donors to cover these expenses and lunches for all members. The club also offers community services, such as trash bash once a semester. Sometimes, the club members just come hang out and enjoy breakfast together.

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  1. Cheyenne Ketterer on October 23rd, 2017 5:51 pm

    I loved this paper! Thank you for letting me be a part of it. ❤️❤️❤️

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Honors club offers expanded learning opportunity