Haley Bucsanyi, a student at Northeast Texas Community College in Texas, has been named the 2020 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. 

Bucsanyi is a first-generation college student majoring in Biological Science. She volunteers with a local nonprofit cat rescue dedicated to helping the feline population. She also volunteers with the Daingerfield State Park Little Pines Friends. Last fall, she was selected to serve as a Texas State Parks and Wildlife Ambassador, and her career goal is to become a Texas State Park Biologist so that she can work to manage and conserve the native park ecosystems. 

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Northeast Texas Community College has made the decision to close the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts through the end of December. 

"The health and safety of our patrons and community is our top priority and we feel that this is the right thing to do given the current circumstances with COVID-19," Carolyn Franks, Whatley Director, said. "The cancellation of our eagerly-anticipated events is very disappointing to both us and our patrons. We will look at putting together a reduced season in January and make a decision on spring shows later this fall."

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The Pineywoods Iris Society recently gave $500 to the Northeast Texas Community College Foundation to provide a scholarship for an NTCC Agriculture student. The group recently visited the NTCC Ag Center to present the gift. Pictured (from left) is: NTCC Work4College students Megan Folk and Scarlet Fannin, René McCracken (NTCC Director of Agriculture), Jeana Thompson-Christian (Iris Society President), Brinda Mandella (Iris Society Vice-President) and Kathy Thompson (Iris Society Secretary/Treasurer).  To learn more about scholarships at NTCC, contact Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Executive Vice President for Advancement at 903-434-8115. 


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Four students at Northeast Texas Community College were among the 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named as 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

The NTCC students receiving this honor include Carolina Alcocer-Salas, of Chapel Hill, Hannah Barnes of Marietta, Jaidyn Thompson of Daingerfield, and Maritza Quinones of Mount Pleasant.

free ged

The Adult Education Department at Northeast Texas Community College is accepting new and returning students for its GED (General Educational Development) and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. Those interested in participating in either of these free educational programs should call to make an appointment for registration.  


What nurses call “Code Blue” rings into the minds of attendants working the “covid floor” of the Titus Regional Medical Center. NTCC honors student, Maritza Quinones responds, putting on PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes a hair net, a surgical mask, an N-95 mask, a plastic face shield, two pairs of gloves, and foot covers.  (Such “equipment” makes one very hot). A Certified Nursing Assistant planning one day to become an OB-GYN, Quinones has been working 40-60 hours a week during the summer at the hospital, and spending almost half that time in the COVID-19 ward.


Four members of Alpha Mu Chi, NTCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, won 4 of 13 prestigious Texas regional scholarships given out the weekend of the Texas Honors Institute. The Dr. Mary Hood Texas STAR Scholarships are available to members of Phi Theta Kappa throughout the state of Texas. 

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The Texas Region of Phi Theta Kappa held its annual Texas Honors Institute as a virtual event July 17 – 19. A total of 428 members gathered for three days of learning and bonding, with guest speakers, seminar group discussions, and interactive virtual fellowship events. The event was planned and coordinated by the Texas Regional leadership team, which includes NTCC’s own Katelyn Kimbrough, who currently serves as the Texas Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa. Kimbrough opened the convention by welcoming all who could attend the virtual event.


Honors Northeast, the honors program of Northeast Texas Community College announces a call for poems and images that can accent or enliven our sense of the surroundings, people, the culture, and/or the history of Northeast Texas.

Adult poetry winners will take home $100 and $50 for first and second place. Full-time student poetry winners for first, second, third, and fourth places will receive $400, $300, $200 and $100 respectively (last year's winner, Mercedes Collins, is pictured above). For images, first place will earn $70, second, $20, and third, $10.  Anyone of any age is welcome to enter the contest.  Any genre of poem, and at any length, can compete.

Would you like to learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at NTCC? If so, please join our Alpha Mu Chi chapter for a Virtual Mixer event!