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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.

Morgan Capps
Was the 2014 Valedictorian at Jefferson Christian Academy where she was also Yearbook Editor, Girls' Basketball captain, and president of the Creative Writing Club. She won $100 and fourth place for her poem on "Life Under the Piny Woods" at the 2014 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest.

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 for the coming November meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Coleman has presented this work at NTCC and at the 2014 spring meeting of the Great Plains Honors Council in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 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.

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.

Kaitlyn Klepfer
Klepfer tied for second in having the highest GPA in the freshmen honors seminars at NTCC. Her main contribution was her steady commitment to the NTCC Caddo project, which involved an exhibit of indigenous pots at the Whatley Foyer in September of 2014, winning two grants, and re-cataloguing the entire inventory of 350 pre-historic pots bequeathed to the college by Margaret Hinton, and Guaranty Bank. She also worked in makeup, and as an actress in the 2014 Honors film.

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.

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 this work has been accepted for presentation as well 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.

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.

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.

Brian Taylor
was homeschooled in Mount Pleasant, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA at NTCC. Taylor was on the Research Committee, which provided the material for the 2014 Honors film on Harriet Potter Ames, specializing on Ames' infamous second husband, Robert Potter. Taylor has received invitations to present his work on Potter at the Native Plant Society of Texas meeting this 17 October, and the State Webb Society meeting this 24 October.

Gabriela Quezada
Was elected the 2014 Cypress Bank Scholar of Honors Northeast, winning a new MacBook to use as well as other accessories. Quezada immigrated with her family from El Salvador, initially, to Maryland. There, she studied art at the University of Maryland, originating illuminating landscapes, and cityscapes.

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.

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