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Presidential Scholars

Kayleah Cumpian

Was a top graduate of Mount Pleasant High School who won academic blankets in biology and Spanish, two first-place medals for UIL Social Studies, Rotary Student of the Month, and awards in Net Olé. She was a reporter for the National Honor Society, and a member of the National Technical Honors Society. After 27 hours of dual enrollment at NTCC, she has a 3.8 GPA. Cumpian appears in several roles in the NTCC film on Wright Patman, and has already performed other service work with the Smart Girls Conference, and local food pantry.

 

 

Lauren Fennimore:

Was a top graduate of Chapel Hill H.S. who won several UIL awards in State Solo and Ensemble, and Computer Science. She has already taken 31 hours of dual-enrollment credit at NTCC and has a 4.0 GPA. At Chapel Hill she was a member of the Cross Country Team, Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, the choir, and the Spanish Club. In the new NTCC Film she appears as Pauline Patman, the wife of the famous Northeast Texas Congressman. She as volunteered for the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at NTCC, the Special Olympics, and the Titus County Fair.

 

 

Noah Griffin:

Was homeschooled in the "Griffin Academy," a single family in Pittsburg whose "alumni" include two major NTCC prize winners. Griffin was the winner of the 2013 State of Texas Caldwell Award for his portrait of the father of prohibition, Morris Sheppard. He recently became one of 70 international winners of the Leaders of Promise, an award sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa. He was the NTCC 2013 Portz Nominee, he came in fourth place in the 2013 McGraw Hill Poster Competition, and came in second in the 2013 NTCC Talent Show as a pianist. He appears in the 2012 Honors Film as an associate of Morris Sheppard, and stars in the 2013 film as Wright Patman. He was on the panel that introduced the premier of the Morris Sheppard film in Mount Pleasant. He has received invitations to speak at the 2013 meetings of the Great Plains Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Among his references is Senator Connie Mack of Florida who was Morris Sheppard's grandson.

 

 

Sam Fraley:

Paul Pewitt High School surprised everyone in a 2013 UIL contest, beating the much larger Mount Pleasant High School in Math/Science. A big reason was Sam Fraley who would later place in State UIL. In UIL, he has won awards in Science, Calculator Applications, Mathematics, and Number Sense. Fraley was a member at Paul Pewitt of Band, Cross Country, UIL Academics, and Track. He received awards in chemistry and physics, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He appears in the 2013 Honors Film as Seymour Harris, an advisor to Wright Patman. A favorite hobby-he has visited 60 national parks, monuments, memorials, battlegrounds, and other historic sites.

 

 

Ricky Huitema:

A top graduate of Pittsburg High School, Huitema was the winner of the 2012 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest for his work, "As the Morning Sun." His poem was published in the Mount Pleasant Tribune, and he presented it over the air on K-Lake radio. He also placed second in the 2013 McGraw Hill poster contest, winning $300 for his work on "virtuous insubordination" in Texas. He presented this work also at West Texas A&M in April at the Great Plains Honors Council. Huitema was on the team which traveled to Austin to research the life of Wright Patman, and appears in the film as Lyndon Baines Johnson. He will present ideas on film research at an upcoming panel discussion of the NCHC in November. Huitema aspires to become a petroleum engineer.

 

 

Matthew Jordan:

Was the 2012 Salutatorian at Pittsburg High School. Last year, he was the guiding force behind NTCC's first-ever first-place group award State of Texas Caldwell Prize for his work on Caddo pottery. He also was a driving force behind a winning Whatley Enhancement grant proposal to visit the Caddo nation and other important Indian sites in Oklahoma. In the spring of 2013, he took this trip, and in the summer, visited the sizable collection of Caddo pottery at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin. He presented work on Caddo pottery at the 2013 Great Plains Honors Council meeting at West Texas A&M. Jordan also won second place in the 2012 Northeast Texas Poetry Competition, and has received an invitation to speak about the Caddo at the 2013 NCHC Meeting in New Orleans. He appears in several roles in the 2013 film on Wright Patman, and will be one of the co-producers of the film. He has a 4.0 GPA.

 

 

Stephen Milburn:

An early graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Milburn was the winner of the $200 Elizabeth Chitsey Award for improvement in NTCC honors. He maintains a 3.9 GPA after one year at NTCC. He has received an invitation to speak at the 2013 NCHC meeting for his work comparing Bedouins with Cowboys. He won an honorable mention in the 2013 McGraw Hill Poster contest, and staged a major campaign for an international office in Phi Theta Kappa.

 

 

Tyler Reynolds:

Was a top graduate of Pittsburg High School. Reynolds was a member of the National Honors Society, the varsity baseball team, and DECA. He has a 4.0 GPA after twelve hours of dual enrollment at NTCC. He was on the executive council of the 2013 Honors Film on Wright Patman, and is serving as co-producer.

 

 

Alisha Richardson:

Richardson has maintained a 4.0 GPA after one year at NTCC, excelling in both honors seminars. Originally homeschooled, and from Avinger, she has been on the executive council of two NTCC Honors Film initiatives, serving both times as the Director of Costumes. She presented work on the Morris Sheppard film, in which she also appeared as Sheppard's wife--Lucille, at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Webb Historical Society at Sam Houston State, and at the Mount Pleasant Premiere of the film. She has been invited to present work both on the films and on her scholarly work concerning Lady Bird Johnson at the 2013 NCHC meeting in New Orleans. She also won third place in the 2013 McGraw-Hill Poster contest for her work on music and learning.

 



    
 
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