National leadership honor society inducts 50 UHV students

National Society of Leadership and Success executive members and guests pose for a photo at Friday’s induction ceremony. Pictured, from left, are keynote speaker Gary Moses, Vice President Donce Hill, Treasurer Hannah Hines, distinguished member Amber Machacek, Historian Samantha Coulter, advisor Margaret Rice, President Amanda Craighead, and Ahmet Aksoy, recipient of the society’s Excellence in Service to Students Award.

A University of Houston-Victoria honor society focused on building leaders has grown to nearly 300 inducted members with the addition of 50 students on Friday.

The National Society of Leadership and Success welcomed the students to the organization at a ceremony held in front of family and friends in the UHV University Center Multi-Purpose Room. UHV Interim President Vic Morgan gave an introduction, and community advocate Gary Moses was the keynote speaker. Ahmet Aksoy, a UHV Student Life and Services coordinator, was presented with the society’s Excellence in Service to Students Award.

The society’s mission is to build leaders who make a better world.

Margaret Rice

“This organization is great for students who want to develop their leadership potential,” said Margaret Rice, the chapter faculty advisor and UHV special assistant to the provost. “By receiving training from the best and brightest minds of our day and learning the essential skills of networking, these students have the tools to become leaders.”

Rice said the UHV chapter was inactive for a couple of years. Vera Akinkuotu, former UHV coordinator for Student Development & Parent Programs, helped students re-activate the club in 2014. Friday’s induction was the second since the club was revived. Since the UHV chapter was founded, there have been 299 members inducted.

The society is open to graduate and undergraduate students who have a 3.0 grade-point average and have completed required leadership training. Students attend leadership training, a society orientation and are involved in success networking teams, where students interact with each other to create and achieve personal goals. They also must watch speaker broadcasts from well-known leaders.

Society historian Samantha Coulter said they participated in several university events this school year, including the student organizations’ spring carnival. President Amanda Craighead said the group plans to be more involved in the community in the year ahead.

“Our major project we are trying to get approved is cleaning up the city duck pond in Riverside Park,” she said “We also are going to volunteer at soup kitchens and Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity as well as participate in activities at nursing homes.”

The new inductees and their hometowns are:

  • Valerie Alvarado, Austin
  • Charles Jacob, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Brynea Matthews, Channelview
  • Liza Lybolt, Conroe
  • Marlen Velazquez, Corpus Christi
  • Leo Sharron, Cuero
  • Justine Jarratt, Edna
  • Ashley Yaws, Edna
  • Esperanza Hernandez, Goliad
  • Melissa White, Goliad
  • Ana Guardiola, Gonzales
  • Kayla Hanson, Gonzales
  • Katelyn Hoyt, Groves
  • Ahmet Aksoy, Houston
  • Camilla Sutton, Houston
  • Jasleen Talwar, Houston
  • Iriane Warren, Houston
  • Mykelti Ball, Midland
  • Rosemina Jones, Missouri City
  • Danielle Delgado, Port Lavaca
  • Amberley Kisiah, Port Lavaca
  • Colby Stokes, Port Lavaca
  • Kristy Treaster, Port Lavaca
  • Crystal Christie, Richmond
  • Natalia Fierro, Richmond
  • Sonia Lozano, Richmond
  • Diana Rodriguez, Rosenberg
  • Christopher McDonald, San Antonio
  • Racquelle Mostrom, Schulenburg
  • Savannah Krippendorf, Somerset
  • Kimberly Rock-Carter, Sugar Land
  • Megan Huerta, Van Vleck
  • Megan Angerstein, Victoria
  • Erin Baca, Victoria
  • Christina Chapa, Victoria
  • Samantha Fenter, Victoria
  • Andrew Jennings, Victoria
  • Catie Jennings, Victoria
  • Stephanie Lopez, Victoria
  • Kelly Mercado, Victoria
  • David Miller, Victoria
  • Lydia Palmer, Victoria
  • Jaimee Butler Pantel, Victoria
  • Kelsey Parks, Victoria
  • Wade Purcell, Victoria
  • Crystal Rodriguez, Victoria
  • Kevin Sanderson, Victoria
  • Michelle Thompson, Victoria
  • Christopher Zapta, Victoria
  • Heather Mokwa, Yorktown

To find out more about the society, visit or contact Rice at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro