Paris Junior College Celebrates 39th Creative Writing Awards

PJC Creative Award Winners 4-16-14Talented writers were honored at the 39th year of the Paris Junior College writing awards on Wednesday.

“This ceremony gives us a chance to recognize and encourage our students in their writing endeavors,” said organizer and PJC English instructor Marsha Dennis.

David King of Quinlan received the Outstanding Student in English. Stephanie Bradford, from Sulphur Springs, was named Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language and Iliana Chakarova, from Bansko, Bulgaria, received Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language.

Dometreus LaWayne “Bo” Pruitt of Paris was named Journalism Student of the Year, for the second year in a row. Taylor McCloure of Pattonville received The Paris News Scholarship of $500.

Swingers of Birches, the anthology of first prize-winning entries published by the Communications and Fine Arts Division and produced by the PJC Print Shop, was distributed at the reception following the awards ceremony. To receive a copy, contact the English Department.

Winners by category include:

Argumentative/Informative Essay: First, “Flames of Society,” Elizabeth Flick of Blossom, PJC; Second, “Airport Security,” Elizabeth Zimmerman of Paris, Paris High School. Judged by Kathie Wells, Instructor, Gifted and Talented program (retired), Sulphur Springs ISD, Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Narrative Essay: First, “Choices of My Life,” Amy Hampton of Bonham, PJC; Second, “A Naked Clock,” Kelli Lahman of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Academics,” Danielle Carraway of Paris, Paris High School. Judged by Boyd Minner, Jr.; Professor of English; Navarro College, Corsicana, TX.

Poetry: First, “Paper Heart,” Sarah Mann of Paris, Paris High School; Second, “Tears Fall in the Month of May,” Derek Dacus of Paris, PJC; Kristin McConnell of Paris, PJC; Fourth, “The First Day,” Wendy Perea of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center. Honorable Mention: “My Child,” Sarah Sansom of Paris, PJC. Judged by Shelby Armstrong, Instructor of English, Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas.

Research Essay with Documentation: First, “Farming of the Future,” John Herrmann of Paris, Chisum High School; Second, “The Scarlet Letter: Unforbidden Love,” Danielle Carraway of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Living Wills,” Stephanie Hogue of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center; Fourth, “Pearl: In & Out of the Text,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Robert Louis Stevenson: Bluntly Unmatchable,” Daniel Colin of Paris, PJC; “Integration of Technology in Education,” Corinna Morphew of Paris, Chisum High School. Judged by Mary Clark; attorney, retired; world traveler and travel column writer; Paris, Texas.

Regional Literature: First, “The Life of a Cherokee,” Charlie Foster of Soper, Okla., PJC; Second, “High Cotton,” Elizabeth Flick of Blossom, PJC; Third, “A Description of Paris,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Wilfred Owen’s Use of Poetry to Mirror the Harsh Realities of Warfare, Then and Now,” Glendle Wharton, Paris, PJC. Judged by Toni McMillen; Instructor of English; Collin College; McKinney, Texas campus.

Short Story: First, “Rebel Ray of Sunshine,” Aldyn Lee Green of Pickton, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center; Second, “Saving Lucas,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Desolation,” Matthew Draeger, Paris, Paris High School; Fourth, “The Brave,” Kelli Lahman, Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Ginger and Thyme,” Kaytlyn Zimmer of Paris, PJC; “Galactic Warriors,” Stephanie Gray of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center. Judged by Carolyn Brown; Curriculum Supervisor; Port Arthur ISD, Port Arthur, Texas.

Cutline: The 39th year of the Paris Junior College creative writing awards was held Wednesday, April 16. Top award winners are shown, from left: Stephanie Bradford of Sulphur Springs, Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language; Iliana Chakarova of Bansko, Bulgaria, Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language; David King of Quinlan, Outstanding Student in English; Dometreus LaWayne “Bo” Pruitt of Paris, Journalism Student of the Year. Taylor McCloure of Pattonville, The Paris News Scholarship of $500. First place submissions are compiled into the anthology, Swingers of Birches.

PJC invites GED graduates to celebrate with friends and family

Pyro_PJC_SliderParis Junior College Adult Education and Family Literacy in pleased to announce the upcoming GED graduation on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the PJC Hunt Center.

Everyone who received his or her General Educational Development (GED) within the last year will be honored. The GED Graduation ceremony allows graduates the opportunity to walk across the stage in cap and gown regalia. There is no cost to participate. This year’s graduation speaker will be Mr. Adam Teer, executive director of the nonprofit organization 211 CANHelp in Sulphur Springs.

A reception will take place afterwards to celebrate with friends and family members in attendance. Invitations have been mailed to anyone receiving a GED from the PJC Testing Center. However, if you have not received yours and would like to attend, please call the Adult Education and Family Literacy Office by Tuesday, April 30, to confirm your participation.

For more information or to reserve a place in the graduation line, call 903-782-0424.


PJC Marks National Poetry Month on Monday

Pyro_PJC_SliderParis Junior College will celebrate National Poetry Month by showcasing poetry about Texas or poems written by Texans at an event this Monday, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Delta Psi Omega, the honor fraternity for drama students at PJC, is participating in the Texas Poetry Read Out on San Jacinto Day, April 21.

All PJC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and community members are also invited to attend or participate.

Participants will be given ten minutes to read selections from their favorite Texas poet, or a poem that is about Texas.  A sign-up sheet is at the reference desk in the library with a deadline to sign up of 10 a.m. on Monday.  Refreshments will be served.

The event will take place in the foyer of Rheudasil Learning Center on the PJC campus.

Two PJC students named to the PTK All-Texas Academic Team

Paris Junior College students Andrew Bothwell (left) and Destiny Mullens (right), both of Paris, show the medals they received at a ceremony in Austin when they were recognized as making the Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. Originally among 1700 nominated nationwide for the All-USA Academic Team, they were among 103 selected for the All-Texas honor.

Paris Junior College students Andrew Bothwell (left) and Destiny Mullens (right), both of Paris, show the medals they received at a ceremony in Austin when they were recognized as making the Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. Originally among 1700 nominated nationwide for the All-USA Academic Team, they were among 103 selected for the All-Texas honor.

The academic achievement and community service of two Paris Junior College sophomores has received statewide recognition. Destiny Mullens and Andrew Bothwell, both of Paris, were recently named to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. PTK is the two-year college honor society.

The two were presented with medallions and certificates in the Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus in Austin on March 28. Offering keynote remarks during for the ceremony was Representative Donna Howard, who serves on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Appropriations Committee where she works directly on higher education funding issues.

Each two-year college in Texas may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Texas nominated to the national team comprise the All-Texas Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.

To be named All-Texas, Bothwell and Mullins were among 1700 students nationwide nominated from 800 colleges to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

“The ceremony was incredible,” said Mullens. ”You don’t realize what an accomplishment you’ve made until you’re there and they say there were 1700 All-USA applicants and we were among the 103 who made All-Texas.”

“We appreciate everything Ty did,” Mullens said, referring to PJC history instructor and PTK sponsor Ty Welborn. “He was very instrumental in helping with the application process and the essays.”

“It really surprised me to find out how many applicants there were,” said Bothwell. “We were up around the top five percent. I’ve never seen anything like that application in my life. It was very interesting.”

Mullens is majoring in biomedical sciences and hopes to transfer to Texas A&M University. She would like to finish medical school and have a career in medical research. She was named to the President’s List, is currently PTK Vice President, and plans to serve as PTK’s Region III alumni representative after she graduates in the spring.

Bothwell, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, is majoring in computer networking. He plans to transfer to Austin College for his bachelor’s degree, begin a career in the information technology industry, then pursue his master’s degree. He has been named to both the Dean’s and President’s List, was awarded the Literacy Council Scholarship, is a pledge of Delta Psi Omega (the theatre honor society), and currently serves as PTK liaison officer.

Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. The PTK chapter at PJC was established in 1934 and is celebrating their 80th anniversary.


PJC drama students presenting free comedic medley

pjc playParis Junior College sophomore Haley Hines is directing an all-student production to be performed in the Ray Karrer Theater, April 10-11 at 7 p.m. Members of Delta Psi Omega, a national honor society for participants in collegiate theater, are producing, acting and singing in the performance.

The production is a comedic medley of songs and scenes. Musical numbers are student-selected from various shows. Dramatic vignettes are from the show, “Check Please,” a comedy following a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do.

“It’s very interesting, ” said Hines. “This is my first show to direct by myself completely. I’m really excited about it. It’s been really chaotic but it’s been fun. I would do it again. “

Pointing to stage manager Cody Rice, Hines said. “He’s the actors’ go-to guy.”

“I write down everything and get props, ” Rice said of his role.

DPO is offering the play for free. The Ray Karrer Theater is located in the Administration Building on the northwest corner of the campus. For more information call 903-782-0488.

Cast List

Girl: Sydney Case of Paris; Guy: J.J. Freelen of Paris; Louis and Ken: Austen Naron of Paris; Melanie and Linda: Paige Collins of Paris; Mary: Samantha Turner of Arlington; Mark: Colin Bridgers of Paris; Pearl: Gwen Steinecke of Blossom; Tod and Brandon: Riley Collard of Sumner; Sophie and Mimi: Amanda Lair-Barnett of Roxton; and Manny: William Domengeaux of Paris.


Director, Haley Hines of Winnsboro; Stage Manager, Cody Rice of Paris; Costume Designer, Kaytlyn Zimmer of Paris; Music Designer, Caleb Curtis of Hugo, Okla.; and Choreographer, Elizabeth Schneider of Paris. Tech Crew: Curtis and Tori Hunt of Roxton.