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Presidential Scholars

Aubry Buchanan is a physics major who spent an entire summer as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club.  He was on the forefront of cross-country and University Interscholastic League (UIL) successes at Union Hill High School.

Cailee Davidson was the winner of the 2015 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest.  She came in fourth in the 2015 McGraw Hill Poster Competition, and will present work at the coming meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Seattle.  She lives in Upshur County and is a Math Tutor at the College.

Chesney Davis was third in the 2016 class at Pittsburg, and became the 2016 Cypress Bank Scholar of Honors Northeast obtaining the use of a high-end, new laptop.  He has coached extensively in baseball, has won a number of awards in math and science.  Davis aspires to become an engineer.

Brenda Godoy was the 2016 Salutatorian of Mount Pleasant High School. She was a long-term member of the Mount Pleasant Goin Gold Band, and an officer of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and the National Technical Honor Society. Godoy is a biology major.

William Jones was the winner of the 2015 $200 Chitsey Award for the freshman honors student who most exceeded expectations, and was cited for Academic Excellence having the highest Freshman honors GPA.  He won the poster award of the Great Plains Honors Council for freshmen and sophomores in the social sciences at the 2015 meeting at John Brown University.  An editorial board of Texas professors accepted his article on Quasi-Criminality for publication. A history major, he plays the lead role of Sam Houston in the 2016-17 Honors film.

Presley McClendon was the Director of the 2016-2017 Honors film on Sam Houston and the end of the Texas Cherokee, and has helped direct the Color Guard of Mount Pleasant High School for the past two summers.  She came in fourth place in the 2015 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest, and consistently has come to the forefront in Honors GPA and other local contests.  

Kenzie Messer was a top graduate of Mount Pleasant High School whose work with UIL journalism helped propel her team to regionals.  She was active also in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the National Honors Society (NHS), the golf team, and the National Technical Honors Society.

Melody Mott is the first scholar in the history of NTCC to win a State of Texas Smallwood Award ($500).  Her pioneering essay on Japanese-Texan relations also won a second-place Caldwell Award ($300).  Reviewers have awarded her essay a spot in the 2017 edition of Touchstone, published by the Texas State Historical Association, and alongside other top student presenters at the NCHC.

Adriana Rodriguez graduated fourth at Mount Pleasant High School in 2016 and was active in the Colorguard, Goin Gold Band, and the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).  She served as co-cinematographer in the 2016-17 Honors film, and appears as Diana Rogers, Sam Houston’s Cherokee wife.

As a Texas Heritage National Bank Scholar, Emmalea Shaw is the first student in the history of Northeast Texas Community College to have her way in college paid by a private donor. She came in third in the 2015 Northeast Texas Poetry Contest, and third in the State of Texas Caldwell competition.  Her paper on racial integration in Northeast Texas has been accepted for publication, and for a presentation at the 2016 meeting of the NCHC. She was the Prop Director of the Honors Film effort, and played Eliza Allen, Houston’s first wife.

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