NCTC Student will have writing published

Jill Swarner | Oct 29, 2020

becca-with-poster.jpgSpring 2020 NCTC Graduate Rebecca Hammond has been selected as one of twenty-five Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) members who will have their writing published in the 2020 issue of PTK’s online literary journal, Nota Bene. She was also selected as one of only five students who will receive scholarships for their exemplary entries through the Reynolds Scholarship.  

Nota Bene showcases the outstanding writing of Phi Theta Kappa members. More than 370 entries were submitted to the 2020 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.

Hammond says she wouldn’t have submitted her paper, written for an honors project in Nelson Lozano’s College Algebra course, if lead advisor Sarah Spikeston hadn’t pushed her to do so. 

Hammond says that, “Working with Professor Lozano was really great because I’m not the most confident in math, and he really went above and beyond to make sure I understood all the foundational concepts I needed for the paper.”

While at NCTC, Becca participated in the NCTC Honors Program and was recognized in Spring 2020 as an Honors Program Graduate. “I'm so pleased that Becca could submit a paper she wrote for the Honors Program for publication in the PTK journal," says Honors Program Coordinator, Jill Swarner.  “We have many students who are active in both programs, and we co-host many events.  I think the two programs complement each other well, which benefits our students.”

While serving as the Vice-President of Phi Theta Kappa, Hammond was recognized as a Coca Cola 2020 Academic Team silver level Scholar, which included a $1250 scholarship.  She was selected for the All Texas Academic Team, an honor bestowed upon only 100 students state-wide.

PTK lead advisor Sarah Spikeston said, ”Becca is intentional in all that she does. She is constantly looking for ways to improve herself and latches on to every opportunity she can. But it's not just about her -- she uses her opportunities to improve her community at every chance she can. She works hard, studies hard, and gives back to the best of her ability, showing grace and compassion in the process.”

Hammond is currently attending the University of North Texas (UNT) where she is majoring in Speech-Language Pathology on a transfer scholarship as one of UNT’s multicultural scholastic scholars.