26 Students to be Published in National Literary Journal

October 4, 2019

Mallorie Keltz
Mallorie Keltz

Jackson, Mississippi — Twenty-six Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) members will have their writing published in the 2019 issue of PTK’s online literary journal, Nota Bene. Five of the students will receive scholarships for their exemplary entries. Labette Community College alumna, Mallorie Keltz, was among those published. 

Nota Bene showcases the outstanding writing of Phi Theta Kappa members. More than 550 entries were submitted to the 2019 competition, which is judged by current and retired college faculty and staff from across the country. The digital issue will be available on ptk.org this winter.

“Synthesizing American Educational Philosophy: The Liberal Arts Alternative,” a research paper by Shannon Dawe, was selected as the most outstanding entry. Shannon, who attends Montgomery College in Maryland, will receive the Ewing Citation Award of $1,000, named in honor of Nell Ewing, a long-time PTK staff member who oversaw Nota Bene and retired in 2012.

Four additional submissions were also singled out as outstanding, and those authors will each receive a Reynolds Award of $500. The award is endowed by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and honors the memory of the late Donald W. Reynolds, founder of the Donrey Media Group. 

The Reynolds Award recipients are:

·       Savannah Barnes, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi 

·       Edna Chiclana, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minnesota 

·       Lucy Kesterson, Skagit Valley College, Washington 

·       Carmela Yeseta, Sierra College, California 

The 26 students who will be published in the 2019 issue of Nota Bene are: 


Geoffrey Alejo, San Diego Miramar College, California

“We’ll Be at the Pier Tonight”


Savannah Barnes, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi

“To Carry the Sun”


Kerrie Barney, Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico 

“The First Three Weeks of Physics 1510”


Dorothy Beardsley, River Valley Community College, Vermont

“After This”


Edna Chiclana, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minnesota

“Lesson of Silence”


Shannon Dawe, Montgomery College, Maryland

“Synthesizing American Educational Philosophy: The Liberal Arts Alternative”


Faith Evans, The College of Southern Nevada, Nevada 

“The Mathematician”


Zoë Harper, State Fair Community College, Missouri 

“This Isn’t an Innuendo”


Christina Henslee, Mohave Community College, Arizona 

“Views and Theories on Scientific Truth”


Robert D. Hotton, Los Angeles Valley College, California 

“Chocolate Box”


Mallorie Keltz, Labette Community College, Kansas

“My Best Friend”


Lucy Kesterson, Skagit Valley College, Washington

Hamilton: Who Tells Your Story?”


Ayesha Khan, Walters State Community College, Tennessee 

“Abandonment of the Elderly Parents: Bliss or Nuisance?”


Rachael Lane-Stedman, Clackamas Community College, Oregon



Patrick Larmour, Cerro Coso Community College, California

“Catalyst: How College is Changing the Culture Inside Prison”


Gregory Lucero, Calhoun Community College, Alabama 

“Abusive Gender Roles: Gender Non-Conformity in the Eyes of Psychology”


Monica Nakashima, Shelton State Community College, Alabama 

“Should Young Children Be Allowed to Medically Transition?”


Victoria Orifice, Asnuntuck Community College, Connecticut 

“In Miles per Hour, the Speed of Light is, Like, a Lot”


Karishma Patel, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia

“Faces of Homelessness”


Stacey Price, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, North Carolina

“Under the Stars”


Kristina Seraphin, Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico

“The Lake”


Samiha Wafi Sharif, Collin College, Texas 

“The Maternal Mortality Rate in Texas”


Hunter Smith, Johnson County Community College, Kansas 

“Blockbusting, Redlining, White Flight: Kansas City’s Colorful History of Oppression through Geography”


Shanandoah Sterling, Yavapai College, Arizona

“Christmas in a Box”


Andrew Todero, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia

“To Be Free”


Carmela Yeseta, Sierra College, California

“A Stack of Bodies Ten Feet Tall”


Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.

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