Members to be Published in Nota Bene, Receive $3,000 in Scholarships

Literary works from 26 Phi Theta Kappa members have been chosen from more than 960 entries for publication in the 2014 edition of Nota Bene, the Society’s honors anthology. Authors of the five most outstanding entries received $3,000 in Nota Bene scholarships.

Patrick Hughes from Mountain View Community College in Dallas, Texas, received the Nell Ewing Citation Award for best entry in Phi Theta Kappa’s annual Nota Bene literary competition for his short story, “The Reluctant Warrior.” He expressed his gratitude for the honor and said he planned to use the $1,000 scholarship to further his education and seek more advanced degrees.

“I’ve been writing ever since I was in high school, generally science fiction and fantasy,” said Hughes, a biology major. “I would like to study the effects of space on living creatures, but I would still like to continue to write on the side and hopefully get published.”

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. Since the establishment of the journal and the scholarship program, $60,000 in scholarships have been presented to Phi Theta Kappa members, and more than 300 students have had their work published. Entries for the 2015 Nota Bene competition are due April 3, 2015.

Winners of the 2014 Nota Bene scholarships are

Ewing Citation Scholarship of $1,000, for the Best Overall Entry:

“The Reluctant Warrior” – Short Story
Patrick Hughes
Mountain View Community College, Dallas, Texas

Reynolds Awards of $500 each:

“Mama” – Short Story
Cassandra Van Gelder
College of Southern Nevada, Nevada

“Hail Mary” – Short Story
Kaitlyn Worman
Lane Community College, Oregon

“The Price Of” – Poem
Daryl Watkins
College of Southern Nevada, Nevada

“Sore Thumb” – Poem
Diana Sherrard
Mt. San Antonio College, California

The following students had their work selected for publication:

Research Papers

“From Wallpapers to Institutes: The 19th Century’s Response to Mental Illness
Stephanie Rodriguez
Lake Sumter State College, Florida

“A Contrast of Mr. Darcy’s Motives and Mill’s Ideals in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Caroline France
Greenville Technical College, South Carolina

“The Online Education Quandary: Is Higher Education Ready to Embrace the Digital Revolution?”
Lisa Haygood
Fullerton College, California

“John Adams and the Alien and Sedition Acts”
Nancy Mantick
Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana


“The Power of Darkness”
Hannah Pruitt
Jones County Junior College, Mississippi

“A Life Outside the Box”
Ashley Rogers
Daytona State College, Florida

“Equine-Assisted Therapy: Equine Talent or Magical Properties”
Stacy McElvaney
Red Rocks Community College, Colorado

“Blooms of Integrity”
Elise Jackson
College of DuPage, Illinois

Short Stories

“Avigail Gemma Reznikoff”
Kandace Kelly
Central Arizona College, Arizona

“Lightning Bug”
Cassandra Van Gelder
College of Southern Nevada, Nevada

“What Lies Over the Ocean”
Mackenzie Adix
Tacoma Community College, Washington

“Will the Last One Out Please Shut the Door”
Tammara Leminen
Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts

“The Regret”
Oriana Wood
St. Louis Community College – Wildwood, Missouri

“The Song of the Morning Star”
Lindsay Base
Coffeyville Community College, Kansas

“Desperate Decision”
Viviana Mendoza
Lone Star College – Kingwood, Texas


“Listening to Diana Krall on the Radio”
Tammara Leminen
Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts

“One More Push”
Catherine Mahony
Reading Area Community College, Pennsylvania

“Fault Lines”
Zachary Jones
Jackson College, Michigan

“On the Corner of Never and Again”
Zachary Jones
Jackson College, Michigan

Jocelyn Wagner
Merced College, California

Justin Jones
Georgia Highlands College, Georgia

“Just Out of Reach”
Joanne Rosier
Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts

“Awaiting the Geese”
Joanne Rosier
Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts

“If Only I Could Think of Sweeter Things to Say”
Daryl Watkins
College of Southern Nevada, Nevada

Kathleen Settels-Blackthorne
Irvine Valley College, California

“Hotel Room”
Renee Soasey
Clark Community College, Washington

Nancy Mantick
Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

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