Phi Theta Kappa Names 2011 Nota Bene Authors

Jackson, MS – Literary works from 16 Phi Theta Kappa members have been chosen from 950 entries for publication in the 2011 edition of Nota Bene, the Society’s honors anthology.

Nota Bene was founded in 1994 to showcase exceptional writing among community college students. Copies of Nota Bene are distributed to all community college libraries and to Phi Theta Kappa leaders.

“We congratulate our 2011 Nota Bene honorees and their colleges,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod A. Risley, who serves as Founding Editor of the honors anthology.

“At a time when excellent writing skills are critically needed, Phi Theta Kappa is proud to provide a platform to nurture creative writing and effective communication. Nota Bene, which is distributed internationally, showcases outstanding writing by community college students and emphasizes the opportunities for excellence found at community colleges,” said Dr. Risley. “Our Nota Bene competition is an outstanding example of Phi Theta Kappa’s success in effectively engaging students, which promotes retention and encourages college completion.”

Winners of the 2011 Nota Bene scholarships are –

Citation Scholarship of $1,000, for the Best Overall Entry:
Michael Cobretti, Front Range Community College, Colorado, Full Nights and Moths, short story

Reynolds Scholarship Winners of $500 each:
Angelina Colao, Tallahassee Community College, Florida, Little Brother, short story
C. Michael Downes, Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee, Widower, poem
Megan Ringel, Mesa Community College, Arizona, Prey, poem
Floyd Allen Strader, Johnston Community College, North Carolina, Charlie’s Watch, short story

The following students also had their works selected for publication in Nota Bene:

Ashley Fields, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus, Mississippi
Magic Moment, short story

Ashley Gazda, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts
Father-Son Relationships through Poetry, essay and Reversing Gender Roles in Mason’s Shiloh, essay

Sarah Hallman, Wilbur Wright College, Illinois
Truth, poem

Lana Highfill, Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg Campus, Indiana
Inside the Sound, poem

Maggie Langdon, Victor Valley Community College, California
field trip, (stories of a palace), poem

Margaret Lundberg, Tacoma Community College, Washington
Gender Differences in Color Perception, essay and A Most Precious Gift, short story

Adaobi Obika, Central Piedmont Community College, North Carolina
In Praise of the Dream Act, essay

Danielle Qualley, St. Charles Community College, Missouri
In the Face of Adversity, essay

Rachel Talan, Rock Valley College, Illinois
Clumsy, poem

Nancy Thaler, Germanna Community College, Virginia
Jonas Run, short story

Lesley Van deMark, River Valley Community College, New Hampshire
On Becoming a Writer, poem

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,275 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.

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