Nine-Year-Old Inducted into International College Honor Society
Mesa Community College Student Youngest Member of Phi Theta Kappa on Record
Mesa, AZ – Jan. 10, 2011 – Vincent Moore isn’t your ordinary college student. He is a fourth grader who attends Sandra Day O’Connor Elementary School during the day and takes classes at Mesa Community College at night. His 4.0 GPA and completion of 12 credit hours at MCC made him eligible to be inducted into MCC’s Omicron Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious honor society recently.
“We congratulate Vincent on his accomplishments and welcome him as the youngest member of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. “By accepting his invitation to membership, Vincent joins more than 125,875 students from 9 to 90 who became members of our Society in 2010.”
College algebra, computer science and astronomy are a few of the classes Vincent has taken to be stimulated academically.
“College helps you learn the things you don’t already know,” said Vincent. “It’s not too easy and it challenges me.”
In addition to joining Phi Theta Kappa, Vincent serves as the secretary of MCC’s Math Club and has participated in the AVNET games this past spring. He is considering a future career in computer programming like his father.
“Vincent picks up things fairly easily. He’s on task and ready to absorb the next detail,” said Chuy Carreon, Vincent’s mentor and MCC mathematics department chair. “He could be a computer scientist or medical doctor. It depends on what he wants to do, but I think at heart he is still a nine- year-old kid.”
Vincent’s mother, Amanda Moore, is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and attends night class with him where they always sit in the front row. They study together and celebrate his high test scores by going out for ice cream and staying up late. This semester they plan to take CSC 205, a computer science class which focuses on object oriented programming and data structure.
“I can’t tell you the hours we spend on college homework,” said Amanda. “He usually scores higher in the computer science courses and we both do well in math.”
Vincent is involved in Cub Scouts, likes to play LEGOs and board games with friends and fly planes in the park. He is also a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and has received high honors for his scores for their math and verbal tests.
“College is like one big puzzle book,” said Vincent. “I don’t know the future, but its fun.”
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Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in the 50 U.S. states, Canada, Germany, 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 two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.
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