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Student wins Burnside Scholar Award

North Central Texas College student Kaitlin Karnes of Aubrey has been selected as the recipient of the Texas Community College Teacher’s Association  2013 Burnside Scholar Award.

Karnes attends NCTC on the Gainesville campus. She will receive a $1,000 award for the next academic year to help support her educational endeavors.

Additionally she was honored at the TCCTA annual convention banquet conducted on Thursday in Houston.

Each year, TCCTA awards this scholarship to a deserving student at the college of the current TCCTA president, which this year is NCTC history and humanities professor Jane England.

Karnes is a business major who plans to become an accountant.

She is a member of the Psi Iota chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is a participant in the NCTC Honors Program.

In the fall of 2012, her honors project was selected as the Best Paper/Project of the semester.

A dyslexic who did not learn to read until the fifth grade, Karnes credits her parents and older siblings with introducing her to the realm of ideas.

Through family discussions, which revolved around classical literature and philosophy, she learned to love the power of the written word and to value the quest for knowledge.


Instructor judges livestock show event

A North Central Texas College agriculture instructor was picked to serve as a judge for a new event conducted at the recent Fort Worth Livestock Show.

Steve Keith, who is chairman of the agriculture department, was selected to judge the Junior Agricultural Mechanics category at the prestigious livestock show.

The National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development event is designed to recognize students who have developed the competencies necessary for success in the constantly changing workplace.

Emphasis is placed on the way in which students work with others, access information, solve complex problems, select and appropriate technology and apply the principles of science.

Judges were selected from various industry segments such as John Deere, Lincoln Welding, Priefert Livestock Equipment and post-secondary education instructors with agricultural mechanics experience.

Keith has taught agriculture mechanics at the community college level for 11 years and also instructed the welding labs at Tarleton State University as a graduate assistant.

This year’s contest, the first such event in this category at the Fort Worth Livestock Show, featured 358 entries representing 105 schools or counties.

There were a lot of variation in entries with such items as gates, barbecue smokers, flatbed trailers, aluminum cattle and horse trailers, handmade saddles and knives, goat walkers and treadmills, chicken tractors, utility trailers and many other items built by students.

The category that Keith judged was Livestock Equipment.