Local Schools Represented in NACC's
The Northeast Alabama Community College chapter of Sigma Kappa
Delta, the English honorary for two-year schools, is proud to
announce the winners of the 2009 Writing Competition for
students in area middle schools and high schools. The winning
students' work will be published in the upcoming edition of the
Aurora, the college’s award-winning literary magazine.
NACC’s Epsilon Alpha chapter of Sigma
Kappa Delta began sponsoring the high school/middle school
competition in 2001. Since then, students from Jackson and
DeKalb counties have proudly displayed their writing talent.
Last year, Dade County was included in the competition. Each
year the college asks area teachers to submit poetry, fiction,
and essays from students in grades 7-9 and 10-12. These entries
are then judged by a panel of Sigma Kappa Delta members and NACC
faculty. The top three students in each area of each division
are given certificates and pen sets and are recognized at NACC’s
annual awards day program.
This year’s competition was quite successful. The college
received forty-two entries from schools in DeKalb County,
Jackson County, Dade County, and Fort Payne City systems. The
winners are as follow: Fiction 7-9—1st Place Brett Bankston
(Crossville), 2nd Place Jordan Bryant (Sylvania), and 3rd Place
Amber Uptain (Crossville); Poetry 7-9—1st Place Zac McCurdy (Ft.
Payne), 2nd Place Graham Dodd (Ft. Payne), and 3rd Place Mellie
Lammon (Ft. Payne); Essay 7-9—1st Place Sarah Wootten
(Sylvania), 2nd Place Gavin Barkley (Crossville), and 3rd Place
Sarah Hansen (Ft. Payne); Fiction 10-12—1st Place Stephanie
Sledge (North Sand Mountain), 2nd Place Savannah Sisco
(Crossville), and 3rd Place Brittany New (Dade County); Poetry
10-12—1st Place Austin Mullican (Paint Rock Valley), 2nd Place
Tyler Owens (Crossville), and 3rd Place Natasha Atchley (North
Sand Mountain); Essay 10-12—1st Place Dusty Shrader (North Sand
Mountain) and 2nd Place Justin Mayo (Crossville).
Congratulations to all these talented students and their
teachers. The teachers responsible for working with these
students were Courtney Ashburn (Paint Rock Valley), Valerie
Smith (North Sand Mountain), Pat Edmonds (Sylvania), Bettina
Goins (North Sand Mountain), Jeannie Woods and Jessica Reeves
(Ft. Payne), Carla Luther (Crossville High), Patsy Townson
(Crossville), Cynthia Bowden (Dade County), and Tracy Gilliland
For more information about the annual literary competition
conducted by Northeast’s Sigma Kappa Delta chapter, please
contact Joan Reeves, chapter sponsor and Chair of the English
and Fine Arts Division, at
firstname.lastname@example.org phone ext. 347.
Winners and teachers pictured are (L-R,
kneeling) Graham Dodd, Gavin Barkley, Brett Bankston, Tyler
Owens, Justin Mayo, Amber Uptain; (2nd row) Mellie Lammon, Patsy
Townson, Tracy Gilliam, Jordan Bryant, Bettina Goins; (3rd row)
Carla Luther, Austin Mullican, Stephanie Sledge, Natasha Atchley,
Dusty Shrader, Pat Edmonds, and Sarah Wootten; (back row) Clay
Webber, Valerie Smith, and Nia Stivers. Not pictured are Sarah
Hansen, Zac McCurdy, Savannah Sisco, and Brittany New.
article by Cindy Holland.