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Honors Scholars

Marisol Bautista:
At Mount Pleasant High School, Bautista was an active participant of community health fairs, and food drives, and a member of the National Technical Honors Society, Health Occupations Students of America, the Spanish, and history clubs. She plans to become a nurse.

Elyse Coleman:
As a freshman at NTCC, Coleman won a Second-Place 2014 State of Texas Caldwell Award, for her revisionist essay, "Texans Loved the Railroads." Her paper was accepted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the journal, Touchstone, published by the Texas State Historical Association, and she presented her work on trains at the 2014 November meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Denver. Coleman had also presented this work at NTCC and at the 2014 spring meeting of the Great Plains Honors Council in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her poster currently hangs on the west wall of the Humanities building. Coleman has worked extensively for Titus County Cares and the Shelter of Hope for women in Longview. She is vice president of the Honors Student Council, a vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, and a member of Psi Beta Honors Society, and the Student Government Association.

Zachary Davis:
Davis had an excellent freshman year, maintaining a 3.8 GPA, presenting at the state Webb Society at San Antonio in March, and having his paper on Texas in the digital age accepted for publication in the 2015 issue of Touchstone. He won second-place and $300 for his poem "Sensations of the Sun" in the 2013 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest, and $50 for his poem, "Summer's Charge" as the Runner-Up in 2014. He was cited in the January 2015 issue of Alacrity for excellence in the HuMusic Seminar.

Manolo Garcia:
Garcia came from San Antonio to NTCC to play soccer, but in time, discovered a love for bio-medical science, art, and math, and entered honors at the end of his first year. He maintained a 3.6 GPA at NTCC, worked as a laboratory assistant, and an NTCC Student Ambassador.

Louis Hall:
Graduated from Paul Pewitt as a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, varsity golf, and the Marching Band. A winner of two major scholarships at Le Tourneau, and the University of Arkansas, he chose NTCC to pursue work in bio-medical studies. Louis has contributed to the reorganization of the Caddo artifacts at NTCC.

Kelli Knepp:
After one year at NTCC, Knepp became the winner of the 2014 Chitsey Award for her exemplary advance into honors. She was the 2014 winner of the Northeast Texas Poetry Contest, for a brilliant work of re-conception: "Northeast Texas Through the Eyes of a Child." She is a Phi Theta Kappa vice president, and served last summer on the team in Austin that researched the material for the 2014 Honors Film on Harriet Potter Ames. She has been a featured singer at Music City Texas Theatre in Linden. In September of 2014, she became the third student in the history of NTCC to win a national "Leaders of Promise" award from Phi Theta Kappa. She was a Boe Finalist at NTCC for her essay on pioneer Texas women.

Ana Martínez:
Martínez presented work on "Los Sobrevivientes," four important Tejanos during the early revolutionary period of Texas history at the 2014 GPHC meeting in Fort Smith, and also at the November 2014 NCHC in Denver. She won a full-ride week at Duke University to study the use of math in biomedical research, and presented her work there at a meeting of NTCC Math/Science students in September of 2014. She was Treasurer of the Student Government Association at NTCC and visited Austin for the SGA state meeting in 2014. She acts in a diversity of roles in both the 2013 and 2014 honors films. She was cited for Academic Excellence in the January 2015 issue of Alacrity for her work in the Humusic Seminar.

Miranda Mendoza:
An honors sophomore, Mendoza presented her work on Christian Architecture at the 2014 Great Plains Honors Council meeting at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and her work on Gematria, Hebrew numerology, has been accepted for presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council meeting this November in Denver. Mendoza won $300 and second place at the 2014 Northeast Texas Poetry contest for her work on Texas storms. A member of the NTCC choir, Mendoza has a lovely mezzo soprano voice. She has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, and the Physics Society. She was the Costume Director for the 2014 Honors film, and presented the film at the state meeting of the Walter Prescott Webb Society in Mount Pleasant, 24 October 2014, the meeting of the Sesame Club of Hughes Springs in February of 2015, for which she was featured in the Mount Pleasant Tribune, and the Mount Vernon Literary Club in February of 2015. She is on a panel that will discuss the real and fictional Harriet Potter Ames at the premiere of the Honors film in Mount Pleasant.

Maria Perez:
As a Paul Pewitt graduate, Perez has been a recipient of the John and Bryan Morris County Scholarship, and the Charles and Paulette Smith Morris County Scholarship. She has served as a mentor to Paul Pewitt students, and her fluency in Spanish is allowing her to pursue bicultural perspectives on her honors essays.

Gabriela Quezada:
Was elected the 2014 Cypress Bank Scholar of Honors Northeast, winning a new MacBook to use as well as other accessories. Quezada emigrated with her family from El Salvador, initially, to Maryland. There, she studied art at the University of Maryland, originating illuminating landscapes, and cityscapes. Gabriela was a NTCC Boe Finalist for her paper on insurrection and revolution in El Salvador.

Steve Vaught:
Came to us after a very impressive first semester at NTCC where his scores in Math and Physics were exemplary. He had a 4.0 GPA. He was a graduate of Daingerfield High School.

William Villalobos:
Graduated from Winnsboro High School where he was a state qualifier in track, a varsity football player, a student of the month, a UIL medalist in computer scientist, and an early member of Phi Theta Kappa at NTCC. Villalobos has produced several films and documentaries, and is the producer of the 2014 Honors film on Harriet Potter Ames. He appeared as a panelist discussing this film in Mount Pleasant in February of 2015, and helped present a segment at the spring meeting of the Webb Society in Corpus Christi in March of 2015.

Hector Zuniga:
Was ranked 9 at Mount Pleasant High School. Hector entered honors here after a perfect semester at NTCC in the fall semester.




    
 
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