Athletics teams do well academically
North Central Texas College’s athletics teams are not only succeeding on the fields and courts, but also in the classroom.
NCTC student-athletes just completed a successful fall semester.
The four athletic teams at NCTC, which includes 72 student-athletes and managers, had an overall grade-point average of 3.24 for the fall semester.
The Lady Lions volleyball team had the highest mark with a 3.37 GPA. Baseball and tennis were second at 3.28, and softball had a 3.07.
Several individual student-athletes were honored for their exceptional work in the classroom as well.
Seven NCTC athletes were named to the President’s List with a GPA of 4.0. The group included Kendall Bagley (softball), Bill Bay (baseball), Jordan Chandler (tennis), Landon Darwin (baseball), Charles Deckard (baseball), Dean Fleitman (baseball) and Rachel Kidwell (softball).
Among the athletes who were named to the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.5-3.9 were Cassidy Crawford (tennis), Lauren Cude (volleyball), Greg Davis (baseball), Danny Fernandez (baseball), Shannon Green (softball), Kelli Hadley (volleyball), Katie Heath (softball), Kaitlynn Henson (volleyball), Scott Hill (baseball), Harlee Johnson (volleyball), Nika Juricic (tennis), Matt Michalski (baseball), Celina Ortiz (softball), Jasmine Parker (softball), Alexander Pena (baseball), Danny Perez (baseball), Jaymee Ross (volleyball), Kat Strunk (softball), Clayton Vaughn (baseball) and Hailee Washburn (volleyball).
Each team has mandatory study hall hours. In addition, they are able to use the Student Success Center where they, like other students, can take advantage of free tutoring and other academic services.
Writing contest now accepting entries
An annual event that showcases the talents of area writers and poets is now accepting entries.
North Central Texas College is once again conducting the NCTC Creative Writing Contest.
The writing contest offers aspiring amateur writers of all ages in Texas and Oklahoma the chance to have their work critiqued by professionals, to have it published and possibly earn them special recognition and cash prizes.
Sponsored by the NCTC English, Speech and Foreign Language Department, the contest usually draws up to 400 or more entries from throughout the region.
The competition comprises four main divisions for amateur writers ranging from middle school age through adults. Each division features subcategories for poetry, short stories and essays. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in each division.
Deadline for entries is noon on Feb. 27.
The 2013 Awards Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. April 12 at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the NCTC Gainesville campus.
Copies of the 2012 edition of The April Perennial, featuring winning entries from last year, will also be distributed at the awards ceremony.
Alan Birkelbach, the 2005 Poet Laureate of Texas, will be this year’s guest speaker at the awards ceremony.
His work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grasslands Review, Borderlands, The Langdon Review and Concho River Review. He has received a Fellowship Grant from the Writer’s League of Texas, been named as one of the Distinguished Poets of Dallas, was nominated for a Wrangler, Spur and Pushcart Prizes, and is a member of The Academy of American Poets.
Birkelbach is serving as the editor for the Texas Poet Laureate Series published by Texas Christian University Press.
His current project is acting as the editor for a volume of poetry by Robert E. Howard (the creator of Conan).
More information can be found on the NCTC website by visiting www.nctc.edu/CreativeWriting/NCTCcreativewriting .