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Volume 36 Issue 4

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Thursday December 5, 2019

NORTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

By Emma Yeager Feature Editor In mid-October, 400 scholars filled the room at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in New Orleans. All were from various universities and community colleges across the nation, and all sat around tables together like giddy children, eager to hear their names called. As a competitor in the Arts and Humanities category, Northeast student Courtney Baldwin, was surprised when she heard her name. With courage and confidence, she approached the stage to accept her first place award. Baldwin became the first NTCC student to receive the top honors for her poster and essay on African American Liberation. “The day was filled with anxiety but also a sense of confidence, because I was presenting about something that means a lot to me,” Baldwin said. “I was shocked to know I won, and eventually felt that once again, I could do anything with just a little bit of passion.” Just a few years prior, Baldwin never imagined she would be winning an academic award. She wasn’t even sure she would ever have the opportunity to attend college. Some nights, she did not even know if she would live to see the next day. “Receiving the award was a bit emotional for me, because it assured me that there are so many things I can accomplish,” Baldwin said. From being in foster care, to sextrafficking, to living in a women’s shelter, Baldwin’s life had a tougher start than most. She and her twin brother, Corey, were placed in foster care at just six months old. After being in and out of foster homes for four years in California, social services reached out to Baldwin’s great aunt and uncle, who stepped up to the task of raising the two children. “They tried to keep us together, so that was a good thing,” she said. “Oftentimes, siblings don’t stay together, so I got very fortunate.”

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PTK has put together a 2020 calendar focusing on mental health awareness. The proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit mental health organizations in the area.

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After a life of adversity, Courtney Baldwin is seeking to become a lawyer to advocate for women and tell her story. Baldwin and her brother were kept in a kinship guardian program where they were not officially adopted but were in a stable home. Because the couple were older, however, Baldwin said she never really made a close connection with them. “I loved them to death,” she said. “How could I not love someone who willingly took not just me, but my twin brother too. So, I have always had a respect and a love for them just like they were my parents, but it was also very challenging because they were much older. So, there was a lot of disconnect.” As the brother and sister grew into their teenage years, Baldwin said the relationship with their aunt and uncle only became more distant. Yet, the twins’ connection with one another became closer as they grew older. Corey Baldwin describes their relationship with each other “like cheese and pizza, you can’t have one without the other.” Her brother even recalled with a laugh when she

once came to his rescue and beat up another boy in a fight. He said the two always had each other’s backs. “We’ve always been close,” Corey Baldwin said. “But as times got harder, we got closer.” At 16, Baldwin’s uncle passed away, and her aunt felt that she could no longer care for the twins. Once the siblings turned 17, they moved out of the house. The two stayed together for a while, but then Baldwin said each of their lives took drastic turns. Baldwin found herself moving from place to place and even living with a friend in Alabama. Over a period of time, her brother encouraged her to come back to California and live with him and their mother. Unfortunately, trying to live with family did not last, and soon, Baldwin was once again on her own. Living on the streets and looking for a means of survival, she met a

Calendar features original artwork

Special to The Eagle Conversations can be shared in more ways than just words. What began a few months ago as a conversation between friends and colleagues developed over time into Phi Theta Kappa’s uniquely designed “Outside the Lines” 2020 calendar filled with emotion and original artwork. The calendar is part of the organization’s annual Honors in Action project, designed to make a positive impact

within the local community. This year’s project focused on challenging the stigmas associated with mental health issues. The calendars are currently on sale for $25 with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward local mental health organizations. The officers of Alpha Mu Chi, NTCC’s PTK chapter, began meeting last spring to discuss ideas for their Honors in Action project. The group See Calendar, page 2

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Foundation hosts scholarship brunch Special to The Eagle The Northeast Texas Community College Foundation was pleased to host the annual Scholarship Brunch on Friday, Nov. 1. This event brings scholarship donors and recipients together to meet each other and celebrate another year of outstanding students and generous giving. The Foundation currently awards more than 130 scholarships, many with multiple recipients, that are privately funded by individuals, organizations and businesses. Foundation scholarships are competitive and students must complete an application and essay in order to be considered. Richard and Margaret Perryman were honored as Distinguished Benefactors at the event. Not only have they generously sponsored the annual scholarship event for almost 20 years, but they also give scholarships.

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Cameraman Scott Snyder films Eagle reporter Erica Aguinaga while she reports from Volunteer Village.

Eagle offers new media on YouTube

By Elisabeth Lively Managing Editor

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NTCC student Brent Garrett visits with Sandra Crane Issing during the recent Foundation Scholarship brunch. Sponsors had the chance to meet some of the students they support. “We are so grateful to the Perrymans for their strong and consistent support. Our scholarship gathering is the largest event our foundation organizes and it comes at a considerable cost. It is thanks to their generosity that we

are able to gather here today to enjoy fellowship over a nice meal,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Executive Vice President for Advancement, said. Regina Glass spoke on behalf of the scholarship

recipients. To learn more about scholarships at NTCC, or the mission of the Foundation, visit www.ntcc. edu/foundation. Donations welcome anytime online at www.ntcc.edu/give.

Quote of the Month:

Members of The Eagle newspaper staff at Northeast Texas Community College recently introduced a new form of media to the college. The NTCC Eagle News Network is a broadcast news source on YouTube and is an addition to the department’s print publications, The Eagle newspaper and Lagniappe literary magazine. The project began as an idea brought about by Eagle Assistant Adviser Daniel Sanchez during the recent summer break.

“Journalism is a very diverse field and broadcast reporting is just one of the instruments that drives how information is shared,” Sanchez said. “Students learn about traditional print journalism, but with the industry evolving into multimedia journalism, adding the element of broadcast reporting to the print operation is exciting for them and gives them something new to practice and learn.” Halfway through this fall semester, Sanchez paired See Journalism, page 2

UPCOMING EVENTS

“Sharing the holiday with other people and feeling that you’re giving of yourself gets you past all the commercialism.” - Caroline Kennedy

Last class day..........................................................................Dec. 5 National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance.........................Dec. 7 Fall Graduation.....................................................................Dec. 13 Holiday Break........................................................Dec. 20 - Jan. 20


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December 5, 2019

Northeast Texas Community College

NEWS

TableTop offers weekly spot for fun and games By Abi Hobbs Staff Writer It’s late Thursday afternoon, and at some point during class, you find yourself lost in your thoughts. Mr. Johnson is rambling on about the boring subject at hand. Your head begins pounding from what seems like an ever-growing migraine. Your phone is blowing up because your mom can’t pick you up until later today. Your best friend just dumped your other friend, not to mention your stomach keeps twisting itself into knots, because both of them want you to be on their side. What could be worse? The thought of asking one of your classmates for a ride home crosses your mind. Should you risk it? Would it be worth the effort? The slamming of a book breaks your thoughts, and you realize that class is finally over. Great. Just great, now I’m stuck with these hockey pucks. Grabbing your stuff, you head down the hall and suddenly catch the sound of joyful laughter coming from within a single classroom. Dang they sure are having a blast. Who could be laughing that hard during a class? Only one way to find out. Peeking into the small window of the door, your eyes widen to see a handful of students gathered around different tables throwing what looks to be dice onto a board before calling out some random command. What in the world are they doing? A sign hanging beside the door nabs your attention. “TableTop.” What in the world is that? “TableTop is a place you can sit down with friends, enjoy a little banter with them and have a few good laughs,” Chad Kennedy, president of NTCC TableTop Club said. Reading from the flyer you start thinking,

why haven’t I heard about this group before? Looking further you learn that TableTop Club meets every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in room 102 in the Humanities building. The group of students, along with Faculty Adviser Julie Ratliff, come together once a week to play a variety of board games. The flyer continues, “All are welcome.” Really? Surely not. Right? “For me, I came here brand new to the college,” Koerth Ragsdale, TableTop member said. “Just getting introduced to it, I’ve made a lot of good friends. Really close friends that enjoy just bonding over nerdy stuff.” The words seem to jump out at you. Surely they don’t mean this. But what if they do? What could you possibly get out of joining the club? “It has given me the ability to create long lasting friendships that I know will continue far after I leave NTCC,” Kennedy said. With your mind filled with a lot of thoughts and questions, you skip down to the bottom of the page. “For those interested in hanging out, chatting about any topic and just playing random games, TableTop is the place for you.” “It has given me the ability to put down all the hardships and all the stress of what college classes are giving me to actually enjoy something while I’m here,” Kennedy added. A small streak of courage fills your body while your heart pounds against the wall of your chest. You take a deep breath and slowly push open the door to enter a whole new world. “It’s something that you come to look forward to at the end of the week,” Ragsdale said. “Whenever my class lets out at noon on Thursday, I know it’s going to be a good day for the rest of the day and for the rest of the week.”

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Above, TableTop club members gather weekly to play board games. The students enjoy playing a wide variety of games from the fantasy worlds of Dungeons and Dragons to the classic game of Clue.

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Left, a student reaches for a card from TableTop Adviser Julie Ratliff’s playing hand during a recent card game.

PTK calendar highlights mental health issues Cont. from pg.1

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The Guaranty Bank and Trust team after winning NTCC’s annul golf tournament. From left, Michael Whitney, Robin Sharp, Brad Buchanan, Roy Stovall and Trent Abbott.

NTCC Foundation hosts annual golf tournament Special to The Eagle The Northeast Texas Community College Foundation held its annual Golf Classic on November 18 at Daingerfield Country Club in Daingerfield. The tournament raised more than $14,000 to support the NTCC Work Scholarship Program. The tournament ended in a tie with the Guaranty Bank and Trust and Texas Heritage National Bank teams both shooting 15 under. After a scorecard tie-breaker, the Guaranty Bank and Trust team was declared the official winner. Playing for Texas Heritage National Bank was Ron Connor, Tommy Qualls, Kelly Olive, Danny Whatley, Jerry Pratt and Tony Hill. Playing for Guaranty Bank and Trust was Michael Whitney, Robin Sharp, Brad Buchanan, Roy Stovall and Trent Abbott. Businesses who participated or helped

sponsor the event included American National Bank, Bowie Cass Electric Cooperative, Cypress Bank, Elliott Auto Group, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Daingerfield Country Club, Kathy Diduch with Wealth Planning Advisors, Inc., Region VIII Education Service Center and Texas Heritage National Bank. “We really appreciate everyone who came out to support the Work Scholarship Program at the Golf Classic. It’s a fun way to make a real difference in the lives of students right here in our community,” Dr. Jon McCullough, NTCC executive vice president for advancement, said. Tony Hill also won the closest to the pin contest and NTCC’s Shane Segovia won the prize for the longest drive. To learn more about the Work Scholarship Program, visit www.ntcc.edu/workscholarship or contact McCullough at 903-434-8115.

of students were open to addressing mental health issues concerning their community, themselves and their peers. Dr. Melissa Fulgham, PTK adviser and social sciences division director, said the students wanted to “start a conversation so people would be willing to share more openly their mental health concerns and issues.” Alpha Mu Chi members solicited more than 50 pieces of artwork from individuals who deal with mental health issues ranging from depression to schizophrenia. The pieces were featured in the “Outside the Lines” art show held in the Whatley Center foyer during the last week of October. NTCC Psychology Professor Dr. Karen Skaar and Art Professor Debbie Strong selected 13 of the art pieces to appear in the high-quality, full-color calendar. Fulgham said the artwork presented the creativity of each artist. “Art challenges the stigmas associated with mental health, because a lot of creativity comes from that emotion and that passion, that rawness,” Fulgham said. At the end of the week, a reception was held to recognize the artists in attendance and give them an opportunity to talk with others about their art and share the inspiration for

their work. “You felt like people were connecting with the art and it was doing what we intended, to make a visual representation of an emotion and a feeling of mental health,” Fulgham said. “The idea and intent by making these connections was to create a sense of community and to realize that we are all in this together.” The 2020 “Outside the Lines” calendar features richly detailed artwork in a variety of mediums. The calendar also includes inspirational quotes and dates related to mental health awareness. Fulgham said the proceeds from sales of the calendar will support local health organizations including the Hospitality House located in Mount Pleasant. She said she is hopeful that the artwork featured in the calendar would encourage people to think differently about mental health. “I hope that people who buy the calendar would recognize the intent behind it and be able to look at these pictures and also feel that sense of connection and maybe challenge the stigma of mental health and realize that this is something that everybody faces,” Fulgham said. To buy an Outside the Lines 2020 calendar contact Fulgham at mfulgham@ntcc.edu or Delbra Anthony at danthony@ntcc.edu.

Journalism students begin filming local newscast Cont. from pg.1 the journalism students with art student and cameraman Scott Snyder. “It’s an opportunity to do what I love - make videos,” Snyder said. “But they also help inform other students about what’s going on around campus.” After some discussion on what to film, the students

began working on their first newscast. Not long after, the Eagle News Network made its debut with the new four-way stop at the local intersection of FM 2348 and FM 4000. Anchor Tristan Zuniga said he’s learned from the experience that broadcast news is different from print news. “It gives you in-depth

information in the moment,” Zuniga said. “It gives students the opportunity to do something different and expand their knowledge about different medias.” Mandy Smith, journalism professor and Eagle adviser, said “this broadcast platform will give our journalism students the opportunity develop skills in another form of media.”

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FEATURE

Student overcomes odds to achieve her dreams Cont. from pg.1 woman who introduced her to the commercial sex industry. It didn’t take long, however, for Baldwin to realize she had made a mistake, and she quickly began searching for ways to break free from the dangerous lifestyle. Sadly, gaining her freedom came with its own set of challenges. Though she tried to make it on her own, it was not long before she was struggling to survive once more. She found herself involved again in prostitution and discovered that it would be even harder to escape the second time around. “I started living this crazy lifestyle,” Baldwin said. “You’re just never safe. You’re never safe. I can’t tell you how many times I had to run for my life from pimps and traffickers.” Feeling trapped and hopeless, she desperately longed to be free from the life of prostitution. She longed to feel safe, and she longed to become more. “I was like ‘I’m never ever going to be free,’” Baldwin said. “Is this all I’m going to be?” After begging and pleading over a long period of time, she said her pimp finally extended mercy and set her free. Even though she was liberated from the cruelty of sex trafficking, Baldwin suddenly found herself homeless once more. Alone on the streets of California, she scrambled for food and shelter. Baldwin said one day something inside prompted her to contact her old high school guidance counselor. After the two visited for a while, Baldwin felt a hope that she had not experienced for a long time. “She ended up just listening like she always used to do,” Baldwin said. “She was like, ‘Courtney, I know it’s been hard, but I’m not going to give up on you. Whatever that takes, you’re going to get help, and I’m not going to stop trying.’” Baldwin said it had been years since someone had truly listened to her and cared about what she was facing. “Those words were like candy,” she said. “I ate every single one of those words, and she held her word. The very next day she put me in touch with a shelter.” Two weeks later, Baldwin entered a women’s shelter in California. At 19 years old, the future suddenly started glowing brighter. In 2013, she began doing volunteer work and became a public speaking advocate for women involved in the sex trafficking industry. Despite doing well, over

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Above, three-year-old Baldwin and her twin brother, Corey, smile for the camera shortly before moving in with their foster parents. Right, Baldwin makes NTCC history as the first student to receive first place award for her poster. time Baldwin began to program director of Pure realize that although she Hope, said. was helping others, she had While living in the never really taken the time Hope Home, Baldwin to heal from her own past. In rediscovered her need of self-reinvention, she relationship with God. For learned from a friend about Baldwin, faith has played the Pure Hope Foundation a large role in her life since located in Mount Vernon. early childhood. From the Pure Hope aims to moment she walked into restore survivors of sex church, she was the little trafficking by providing girl who always smiled at them with a place of rest everyone. so they can heal, according “It was something about to PureHopeFoundation. the presence of God that com. Through therapy, always made me feel like educational assistance, and a princess,” Baldwin said Bible studies, Pure Hope with her signature, wide nurtures sex smile. trafficking As Baldwin survivors “ he’s not reflected back into leading her past, limited by her on independent she recalled past, but she’s just how much lives. The steady able to be in the God’s organization hand pieced her flew Baldwin present and dream life together. out to Texas the future.” Without her and she started strong faith, -Kovaka Baldwin said building a new life for she might not herself. At Hope Home, she have come out of the messy found rest and healing, but parts of her life as strong as she also found community she is today. and family. When she felt She admitted that as life ready, her mentors at Pure became harder, her anger Hope helped Baldwin apply also grew. She wondered to NTCC. She was able to if God even saw her on the receive scholarships and nights that she slept in the begin her academic studies. street and washed up at the Baldwin completed the nearest Starbucks. Having Pure Hope program and is grown up in an extremely once again helping women religious environment, who are trying to break free Baldwin said she never from sex trafficking. doubted whether or not “The woman that God was real, though at graduated was the healed times her faith felt like a woman from the one that double-edged sword. After came from just really constantly being told that suffering,” Susan Kovaka, she would go to hell for not

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being a virgin, she became convinced that God could not love someone so broken. “For the longest time, I hated God,” Baldwin said. “I was like ‘why would I want to like someone that looks at me so dirty.’” Baldwin recalled one crucial night when she felt that God spoke directly to her. It was before she began working in the commercial sex industry. She was 18, living on the street and ready to give up on life. Baldwin cried out to God, “If You can’t give me purpose, then I don’t want to live. If I don’t wake up in the morning, then I know I have no purpose. But I know if I wake, there’s a purpose for me. There’s a reason why I’m here. And I woke up the next day. So I was like there is a God.” A week later, Baldwin made her way to a local church. While she sat praying, a man approached her and said God moved on him to tell her that she would touch thousands of lives and would get a job soon. Baldwin said she could not believe what she was hearing. She always held onto the man’s words and never stopped praying to God. “Even when I was on the streets, I would still pray,” Baldwin said, “‘God, keep me safe out here. God, help me get this extra money even though it’s wrong, even though it’s crazy. I still need You.’ And yet, in

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Baldwin, left, and NTCC English Professor Julie Ratliff, center, visit with Ratliff’s mother, Mary Ann Ratliff, during the recent Foundation Scholarship brunch. Baldwin is receiving scholarship support to help her pursue a college degree.

every way, He still met me there, so I guess I was never alone.” Through remembering and rediscovering her faith, Baldwin began to reap the fruit of God’s plan for her life. She said she is starting to understand the reasons she went through such harsh times. At 26, she is now an accomplished honors student at NTCC. She is working toward a history major and is looking into transferring to U.T. Arlington to pursue a law degree. In this season of life, Baldwin said she is discovering the person she always wanted to be. She said she is enjoying just being a student and “living on the safe, sweet campus.” Kovaka said that as Baldwin went through the painful process of allowing healing to take place, she just exploded with potential. She continues to minister and inspire other women who enter Pure Hope. “She’s not limited by her past, but she’s able to be in the present and dream the future,” Kovaka said. Not the type of person to watch people in pain pass her by, Baldwin works for a survivor-led organization known as Runaway Girl. Baldwin said her heart is to serve transitional age youth (16-24) like herself. Her dream is seeking justice for those dealing with similar circumstances to her own, but she leaves her future in the hands of God. “I guess the dream I’m chasing is not necessarily my dream, but what God’s told me with the words He’s given me, because that’s all I’ve got,” Baldwin said. “Everything else is fleeting, but I’ve got Him and that’s eternal.” Even though she is learning to see the world through different eyes, she is still on the journey of healing. Baldwin said she suffers from PTSD, but she addresses it through therapy and by creating a sense of normalcy in her life. Still living in California, Corey Baldwin said he and his twin sister share a special bond even from afar. He said he loves hearing about her accomplishments and watching the light that has been buried inside of her for so long come to full illumination. “It’s like she always tapped at her shell but never

broke through,” he said. “It’s pretty cool to see all that effort come.” Baldwin is sharing her story in many forms and said she believes it is important that people know the truth about what goes on in the world of sex trafficking. She hopes that by sharing her story other people will find their voices too. “I think she’s a pioneer changing her family legacy, and that she’s going to take all of the best characteristics of her family and turn that into a legacy, but it won’t be a legacy of pain,” Kovaka said. “It’s going to be a legacy of accomplishment. She will not only change her own family and all the generations to come. She’s going to be the change agent in that, but I think a change agent in her generation and other trafficking survivors and other young women.” Resilience. That’s the word Baldwin used to sum up everything she’s been through and how the past has shaped her. Those who know her story also recognize the inner strength she possesses. Dr. Melissa Fulgham, NTCC social sciences division chair and PTK adviser, said Baldwin is an inspiration to those around her, including her fellow students and professors. “She’s the kind of person who gives you faith and hope in humanity and the resilience of human beings and just how we can overcome anything,” Fulgham said. “The way she smiles, the way she walks into a room, the way she carries herself. It just lights up the whole place, and you would never know that the inner beauty that shines out from her comes from difficulties that she has overcome and how much she is dedicating her life to make a difference in other people.” Baldwin remains determined not to allow anything to defeat her. Her outlook on life stays positive as she continues to motivate others around her. “I can’t help but be optimistic,” Baldwin said. With her perseverance and compassion for others, both Kovaka and Fulgham said they cannot wait to see the change and impact she makes on others as she continues to blossom. “There’s endless possibilities,” Baldwin said. “Life is what you make it.”


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December 5, 2019

NEWS

PTK students win awards for outstanding leadership Special to the Eagle

Northeast Texas Community College student Tonya Hammonds, of Pittsburg, recently received the Walter B Cooper Scholarship at the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Leadership Conference. The conference, held on the campus of Grayson College, concluded by announcing just five winners from across the entire state of Texas. The Walter B Cooper Scholarship recognizes outstanding students who are “well-rounded” in the four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. A Social Work major, Hammonds serves as an Executive Officer for Alpha Mu Chi, NTCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is deeply involved on the college campus and within her community. As president of the NTCC Social Work Club she helps oversee the Eagle Pantry and has played a critical role in the expansion of the pantry beyond food items into hygiene items as well. She is an active leader in Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society and the More Alike than Different organization. Within the community, she regularly volunteers at Camp County Habitat for Humanity and God’s Closet. She has also written several articles for NTCC’s award-winning student newspaper, The Eagle. She has presented workshops on the

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Hammonds receives the Walter B Cooper scholarship award.

Lambie receives the Leadership award from Dr. Charles Florio.

importance of volunteering for both Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association district meetings. She ultimately plans to obtain her Master’s degree in order to become a clinical licensed social worker and set-up practice in this area, recognizing the lack of mental health resources in rural areas. “Tonya set a truly inspirational example of someone actively seeking to help others and make the world a better place, especially in the fight against suicide,” said Dr. Melissa Fulgham, lead advisor for the Alpha Mu Chi chapter. “Her life story has included moments of loss and hardship, so she knows

the importance of helping others. The PTK chapter, and all the other groups she works with, benefit from her personal drive and desire to help. I’m very pleased to see the Texas Region of Phi Theta Kappa also recognize her with this well-deserved honor.” Hammonds’ application was the highestscoring application in the state for the Walter B Cooper, earning her the top prize of $750. She is the sixth winner of the scholarship from NTCC in as many years. Jazmin Garcia won in 2018, Alicia Cantrell in 2017, Tanika Santos-MacSwain in 2016, Mary Smith in 2015, and Kayleah Cumpian in 2014.

Jacob Lambie, NTCC sophomore Presidential Scholar from Scroggins and President of Alpha Mu Chi, became the second winner of the Dr. Charles B. Florio Award for Leadership. Lambie will receive $200, given by an anonymous donor, in honor of Northeast Texas Community College’s longest-term president. Lambie serves as vice president for both the Texas Region III in Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Student Council at NTCC. He was the director of the Adina De Zavala honors film shot last summer, and the unit production director of the Caldwell Awardwinning film on Barbara Conrad. Lambie is the second Presidential Scholar in NTCC history to win the Pearson Award, a $5,000 yearly citation for only 10 community college scholars in the nation, which he received this fall. Isaac Burris was the other recipient of this award in 2015. Dr. Charles Florio served as president of NTCC for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008. “Lambie is an exceptional speaker, and a student leader with notable reserves of empathy and patience,” noted Dr. Andrew Yox, Honors Director. “He has succeeded as a scholar to the point of being able to address a professional meeting, and has been a marvelous recruiter for NTCC and its honorary associations.” The films directed by Lambie, his prize winning poem, and a brief biography can be found at www.ntcc.edu/honors.

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Jalyn English, Sam Griffin, Rebekah Reed and Katelyn Cox present the trailer for the new honors film.

Honors premiers new film trailer

Special to the Eagle

NTCC honor students Jalyn English, Sam Griffin, Rebekah Reed and Katelyn Cox presented the newest trailer for the honors film, Starlight: Adina De Zavala, and the Making of a Patriotic Supersite, at the meeting of the Walter Prescott Webb Society, in Bellville, Texas. This year’s trailer was produced by English with the help of former NTCC Computer Services Director, Kenny Goodson, who composed the music and synchronized narrated panels. The NTCC honors film was compiled this past summer with Jacob Lambie as the director, and Peyton McClendon as unit production director. The trailer captures the essential narrative of the film about how a near destitute young woman who refused marriage, realized her dream to center-stage the Alamo as the state’s great patriotic site. Maritza Quinones stars in the film as Adina De Zavala, and Reed co-stars as her rival within the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the rich and well-connected Clara Driscoll. During the showing, Griffin provided an overview of the film process, Reed presented the basic plot and Driscoll’s role, and English completed the story, while exhibiting the trailer. The film will premier at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The trailer can be viewed at www.ntcc.edu/honorsfilms.

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Phi Theta Kappa recently inducted new members into its Alpha Mu Chi chapter. Inductees from left to right: Victor Villarreal, Lynda Cruzgoo, Samantha Allen, Kathy Osthoff, Hannah Gage, Halley Goodwin, Brent Garret, Dustin Crosby, Gustavo Unavez, Madlen Krause Bryan Bautista, Sam Griffin, Julio Olavarria, James Howell, Erica Hernandez, Todd Allen, Donna Santos and Elisabeth Samel.

Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members Special to the Eagle A total of 22 new members were inducted into the Alpha Mu Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on November 15 in the Whatley Auditorium foyer. A total of 71 attendees and their guests celebrated the occasion with a dinner featuring chicken parmesan as the main entrée and the PTK chapter’s trademark chocolate fountain for desert. Dr. Melissa Fulgham, lead advisor and

Professor of History, welcomed the attendees. After dinner, Ms. Anna Ingram, Associate Vice-President of Arts and Sciences, gave an encouraging speech pointing out the many benefits of membership, student engagement, and some of the inspirational stories of the individuals being inducted. Chapter Officers Mercedes Collins, Jacqueline Fouche, Tonya Hammonds, and Katelyn Kimbrough, who serve

Theatre Northeast presents a Children’s Play THE MARVELOUS MACHINE The Inside Story of Our Insides by John R. Carrol

This is an engaging children’s participation play that takes an imaginative trip through the human body. This fast paced production is suitable for ages 4-11. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7:30 PM & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 2:05 PM General Admission $5 Students, Seniors, NTCC Faculty & Staff $3 Grade School Children $1 • NTCC Students Free

as Members of the Chapter Executive Board, explained the meaning of Phi Theta Kappa and its symbols. Dr. Matthew Lampert, co-advisor and Associate Professor of Philosophy, read the names of those inducted in the candle light ceremony. Afterwards, officers gave personal advice to the new inductees and active members Halley Goodwin and Brent Garrett shared their own stories and lessons learned.


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LIFESTYLE

Celebrate Taco Tuesday at these local taquerias Reviews and Photos by Tristan Zuniga, Staff Writer

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Authentic is the term to describe the delicious Mexican tacos at Daysi’s. As I prepared to place my order, I was given the news by the lady working I could choose how many tacos I wanted instead of making it a full order of five tacos. Also, I could mix and match the type of tacos I wanted, which I thought was genius. Even though I am a green salsa type of guy, Daysi’s offers red salsa with your choice of medium or mild and don’t worry, they give you plenty for the salsa lovers out there. With that being said, Daysi’s is determined to give you an authentic, one-of-a -kind experience.

If you’re ever in the mood for a latenight bite, La Fogata is the perfect place since they have late hours on the weekends. You can’t go wrong with their green salsa. I actually advise asking for extra green salsa when ordering take out. I decided to do something different with my order and had bistec tacos with flour tortillas. The first taste was like biting into a savory sour taco with a soft touch wand a kick at the end added by the salsa. La Fogata also has a selection where you can add cheese to any kind of tacos which becomes a quesadilla.

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29 E 1ST ST, MT PLEASANT La Villa located in downtown Mount Pleasant is known for their large quesadillas and the numerous amount of torta options. You can find them serving their food at festivals and public events happening in town. Their al pastor meat is often served from the traditional “trompo display.” If you’re into oily al pastor tacos filled with lots of onion, La Villa is the place. Although, I wasn’t into the tacos so much since they added more onion than regular. And if you’re ever in a mood for catering at home or in the dorms, La Villa sells the meat separately by the pound.

If you’re into a soft, oily corn tortilla with the perfect combination of lime added to it, Jorge’s is the place to be. The first impression of my first bite brought me back to my childhood and the memory of tasting homemade delicious tacos. With the order, Jorge’s gives you the option of having grilled chopped onions, which gives the tacos a unique taste. Jorge’s also features Taco Tuesday, offering great deals with the order including rice and beans with your takeout.

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301 W FERGUSON RD, MT PLEASANT Unlike the other tasty taco joints around town, the name of this restaurant is perfectly made for the food that is served. With different choices on the menu, the tacos come in a slightly smaller tortilla but are filled with the delicious meat. The barbacoa tacos and the asada tacos are a great combination that go together to give you the perfect order. As they both give you an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something different. They are also perfect for salsa, especially the salsa that comes with their chips, so make sure you ask for extra.

Since being a fanatic of green salsa, Gabby’s tacos delivered with their flavorful salsas served along with the five-taco order. The tacos were also stacked with a good amount of meat in them. I ordered the bistec tacos, which filled my stomach up! Their tortillas were also uniquely cooked with the perfect texture to give me a great first bite. Aside from the tacos, the lady at the counter approached me with a friendly conversation that left me leaving Gabby’s with a smile.

Spicing up the holiday season with vegan food Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls

Directions

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Ingredients • • • • • •

Cake: 3 tbsp vegan butter ¾ cup non-dairy milk ¼ cup pumpkin purée 1 packet quick rise yeast 3 tbsp cane sugar 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

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Filling: 1/4 cup puréed pumpkin ¼ cup vegan butter 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Icing Glaze: • 1 cup powdered sugar • 2 tbsp nondairy milk or water

1. Melt the vegan butter in a pot on medium heat, then add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and the milk and heat until it is steaming but not boiling. 2. Pour into a large mixing bowl and evenly sprinkle the packet of yeast over top. Set a timer for 10 minutes and let it sit without touching it. 3. Add the sugar and stir gently to break it up. 4. Add the flour in 3 parts, stirring to form a soft dough ball. When it gets too hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands to incorporate it and knead for about 30 seconds. Don’t knead too much or it will get tough and not as fluffy. 5. Wash your bowl and spray with a bit of cooking spray, then add the dough back into the bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or dish towel. Set a timer for 1 hour and

leave it on your counter to rise. 6. When the hour is up, preheat the oven to 375 F. 7. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a long rectangle with a rolling pin. Spread the vegan butter and pumpkin puree evenly over the dough. Sprinkle on the sugar and spices. (Alternatively), you can mix together the vegan butter, pumpkin sugar and spices and spread that combined mixture on the dough!) 8. Starting with the side closest to you, roll the dough from bottom to top (like shown in the video). 9. Slice into 9 pieces and place in a 9-x-9 square baking pan. Bake 26-28 minutes until golden brown. 10. While it bakes, stir together the powered sugar and nondairy milk to make a frosting. Pour over finished cinnamon rolls immediately. 11. Enjoy!


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A Narrative by Emma Yeager, Feature Editor Every year when hot coco and mistletoe season comes around, one of the parts that I look forward to the most is re-watching the classic Christmas films. Nothing can beat the cozy, nostalgic feel that holiday movies rejuvenate into my Ebenezer Scrooge heart after a long year. Some of my favorites include A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life. But nothing can compare to the original, 1966, Boris Karloff version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Out of all the Christmas movies, this cartoon is the one that I am always the most excited to watch. Sipping my marshmallow filled coco, and swaddled in layers of blankets like baby Jesus, I feel like a little girl again, unwrapping my first Cinderella dress in 2005 each time I watch it. There’s something magical about this big, green, furry creature that I find hilariously relatable. While everyone is hunting for the perfect Christmas tree and hanging up sparkly lights, I have often found myself preparing for a dreary December. “Ba humbug,” I think to myself. “Look at those little kids oohing and awing over colorful glass bulbs and taking pictures with an old man in a fat suit.” Maybe this is because my shoes are too tight. Maybe this is because my head isn’t screwed on right. Or maybe this is because

my heart is two sizes too small. Jokes and Grinch quotes aside, I find the holiday season sad in many ways. For me, Christmas season always reminds me of those who have no place to go, those who can’t come home, and those who left us many Christmases ago. Yes, the Ghost of Christmas Past really gets a thrill out of coming to haunt me each year. I remember last year a coworker asked me if I was excited for Christmas, and I said, “No, I’m feeling like The Grinch this year.” But as I watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I am filled with a childlike joy. I love Cindy Lou Who’s red bows, and the poor Grinch’s dog that resembles my own dachshund, Clyde, and of course, when The Grinch sings with all the other Whos in Whoville, heart to heart and hand in hand. My favorite line out of all the brilliant Dr. Seuss lines, is “‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.’” As I watch this timeless masterpiece, my heart grows three sizes. I even bought the book for my nephew’s first Christmas last year

in hopes that he would love it as much as his Auntie Em does. So bring on the roast beast, and let the Grinch remind you too of the true meaning of Christmas. No matter how stressed, or grumpy, or melancholy I get during the holiday season, this movie always brings me back to my childhood and reminds me how important it is to spend time with my family and friends during the season. This movie restores my faith in grinches around the world.

All I want for Christmas is to win with an ugly sweater By Elisabeth Lively Managing Editor Have you ever participated in an ugly sweater contest for Christmas? I have. And I lost. Why? Because I wore an ugly sweater. See, if you want to win, you just need to go down the street to Walmart and buy the an adorable sweater. So, here’s the thing that really steams my hot

cocoa: these days, only the cutest ugly sweaters are picked as winners. Not cute sweaters, not ugly sweaters, but right in the middle. That means society has already halfway ruined a family-friendly, feel-ugly, fun activity, not to mention the pleasure that comes with making fun of hideous clothes. Ugly sweater contests have evolved to be about cuteness and style, not ugliness. Surprise, surprise. The contest is slowly beginning to warp to the standard’s of society, where only the goodlooking things are appreciated, therefore defeating the purpose of the whole contest. A true ugly sweater can

most likely be spotted at a thrift store because they’re too ugly to wear. But if you’re hoping for first place in modern day, your best chance is sitting on a rack at Target for $19.99. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about - the sweater with the adorable reindeer with a flashing nose and tree lights wrapped around its antlers. But if you make or find a truly horrendous handsewn sweater with poorlydesigned stocking and candy cane shapes on it, then it wouldn’t even be considered, because it’s not cute enough to be ugly. Or at least the type of ugly that the judges are looking for. You know, the cute ugly. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. You’re not picking the coolest sweater, you’re picking the absolute ugliest one.

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Above, Feature Editor Emma Yeager straightens the tie attached to Photo Editor Tahj McRae’s ugly Christmas sweater. Left, Managing Editor Joelle Weatherford pretends to feed the cats on her sweater.


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The Mandalorian is a Disney+ original series set in the Star Wars universe. The series follows a bounty hunter, similar to the character Jango Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clone.

‘Mandalorian’ captures original Star Wars fans By Joelle Weatherford Managing Editor In the first episode of The Mandalorian, you quickly get an idea of how the masked, nameless main character, usually referred to as Mando, spends his days: hunting criminals for a bounty. However, business is slow, and most bounties hardly even cover the bills. When Mando is offered a large bounty to find and capture a high-value target, he learns that it’s not always about the money. Sounds lame, right? Spoiler alert, it’s not. While that is a very simplified version of the first 15 minutes of episode one, the rest of

the episode, and the series for that matter, are full of the Star Wars magic most fans have come to expect. The storytelling in this series is well-paced with interesting characters and worlds, while also having some very subtle moments. When you have a main character who never takes off his helmet and doesn’t talk more than necessary, you have to shift your focus to notice the actions of the characters instead of what they are saying. The best thing about The Mandalorian is the fact that you don’t have to have an extensive knowledge of the Star Wars universe to enjoy the show, although it does make it a whole lot

better. I have seen all of the movies, but I am far from a Star Wars buff. Luckily, my boyfriend is, and he patiently explains to me what is happening in the background while I impatiently wait for him to un-pause it so I can see what’s going to happen next. Now, you might be asking, “If you’re not a Star Wars nerd than why are you even writing this review?” And I’ll tell you that it is because it’s a great show. The Mandalorian is intriguing and mysterious, fun and clever and, believe it or not, it’s even pretty cute. This Disney+ series feels like we have

finally gone back to the original trilogy while still feeling like a completely new experience. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the newer movies, they just don’t feel like they have the same depth that the originals had, or even the prequels for that matter. The Mandalorian brings that feeling back, almost like I’m discovering the Star Wars universe all over again. This series makes me feel curious and excited about how everything is going to play out. As the episodes continue to be released, I become more attached to the characters and their stories, which makes the galaxy feel not so far, far away.

Chosen by Elisabeth Lively, Managing Editor

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‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’

‘Encore!’

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

“Wild horses couldn’t stop me from pursuing my investigation.” - Jeff Goldblum

“The employees here have no idea that I’ve ever been in a musical... It’s not a side of me that I’ve ever shared with anybody.” - Jarron

“It’s a love song... I’d like you to get to his heart without cracking his rib cage.” - ‘Miss Jenn’

He’s quirky, funny and fashionable, but actor Jeff Goldblum shows viewers his contemplative side in this Disney+ original series. This show is essentially televised journalism, but with colorful graphics and humor. Goldblum travels the country exploring a particular subject, such as ice cream, denim, or tattoos, to understand its meaning and place in society. Along his journey, he meets up with people in any

Dozens of years after their high school theater experiences, adults are interrupted in their everyday lives to recreate their teenage performances. These former high schoolers are led by both professional and Broadway experts to put together a musical in just five days. Aside from the rehearsals, costume-fittings and behindthe-scenes fun, a big focus in the show is the nostalgia and memories between the cast. They had different hobbies

This series is not about the East High Wildcats in Albuquerque, New Mexico, years after Troy and Gabriella’s graduation. This show is about students at Salt Lake High School East in Utah, the school where High School Musical was filmed. It’s not reality TV or a documentary, but a sitcom. And it’s not a musical either, so it’s not akward and cheesy. This series is about these typical high school students living their normal, eveyday

form or fashion related to the subject. The people he has encountered truly astound me, because I didn’t even know such people existed. He’s spoken to practically everyone from a denim treasure hunter and a Nike shoes scientist to the real, live Ben and Jerry. This series truly gives viewers a thirst for learning in this fun, colorful and educational journey across America. After all, learning is fun when it’s not at school.

and personalities in high school, but they all found a family on the stage. Because they have grown into mature adults, they can now admit the feelings and the hardships they endured throughout their teenage years, something as high schoolers they never would have shared. Tears of joy, sadness, and regret are shed, and viewers can’t help but feel like they belong with that group of former theatre kids.

lives and getting together to recreate the musical that was filmed in their own hallways. The only problem is that everybody wants the spotlight, both on and off the stage, even if it means deceit. Unlike the films, this series is open about some sensitive subjects, making this sitcom equally serious as it is funny. This show is not like High School Musical, yet it brings viewers back into the halls of East High without ruining the films of their childhoods.


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OPINION

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’Tis the season to be thankful

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS? “One time I built a house for people that didn’t have a house, because it got ruined. It was right before the holidays, so I got to help them rebuild it. It was in Houston where I’m from. I was 18, because that’s when all the flooding was. It was everybody in the community just coming together.” - Jasmine Gutierrez “I have this elderly neighbor across the street from me, and so I help her as much as I can. I help her carry in groceries, I help her cook sometimes, and I help her take care of her dog. I help out with my family. And, with baseball we ring bells down at Walmart.” - Khalon Clayton “I do most of the cooking. I really enjoy doing that. I find there’s a lot of helpful things that other people have started like Toys for Tots and there’s another one that a tattoo shop in Pittsburg started, so I always like to try to give to those too.” - Christopher Lindley

“I know my church does a food drop off every month, and there is going to be one at First Baptist this year on Dec. 20. There’s a bunch of food that comes in, and we distribute it to people that need it.” - Zane Burk

“A way I help others during the holidays, like with my family when we’re all super busy, I just go and help my grandma do her dishes or help wrap presents. With other people, I think simple stuff like buying them a drink is super sweet and a good way to spread joy.” - Rachel Hall

Generation to generation By Emma Yeager Feature Editor Our generation today has so many stark contrasts to our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. From major technology advancements, to music, to movies, to clothes, to dating, to schoolwork, and the list goes on if I were to just be stating differences. But, in terms of passion, soul, and happiness, how does this generation vary from previous ones? We often see the average college students walking with their heads down, looking at their phones, and not talking to their fellow peers. While, in photos and films reflecting on eras prior, students are talking and laughing with their fellow classmates. This possibly means peers had a stronger connection with one another, because now, they are more quiet around one another and don’t get to know each other as well. This does not apply to everyone, of course. We do still do this today, but it is not as common. Another strange, exciting, and overwhelming aspect of today’s youth is all the options we have for our future. In our parents’, and especially grandparents’ days, there were not as many career paths and lifestyle decisions to make. Now, young people have a whole treasure

chest of options from working at home, doing online jobs, traveling far and wide to pursue their goals, and again, the list goes on and on. All the options can become incredibly overwhelming to young adults. While I’m certain generations before our own wondered what to do with their lives, this generation, I often feel, searches even harder and deeper for their purpose throughout college and their lives. Some might argue with that, but I don’t think it’s something to argue about. How many of us will find it, though? I guess in a few years to come we will reap the fruits of our searching. It’s easy to get lost during youth, but I hope that we all find our purposes on this earth. I don’t know if I could necessarily say that one generation is better than another, however. Naturally, there are some aspects of this generation that I don’t like, but there are some parts of previous generations that I don’t like either. I think each generation brings immense value to our world today and builds up the following generations to make a better future for others. And, in terms of soul, passion and happiness, I think each generation creates their own defining soul, passion and happiness for their era. It is what makes each generation worth remembering and respecting.

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Cartoon by Kachina Swafford

Offer a helping hand to our homeless neighbors By Tahj McRae Photo Editor For many Americans, the holidays are a chance to spend time with family and friends in celebration, but this is often not the case for the homeless. With so many people experiencing homelessness, it has a significant impact on our nation. Endhomelessness.org reports that approximately 17 people per every 10,000 in the United States are currently experiencing homelessness. Last month, I attended the One Night in a Cardboard Box event on the NTCC campus. I had the opportunity to listen to a speech by a volunteer from CitySquare, a homeless shelter located in the Dallas area. The speaker talked about teenagers and young adults who are homeless and living on the streets. She talked about some of the clients, who she called their neighbors, who came to CitySquare for help. One of the people she talked about was a 15-year-old boy named James who was removed from his home and put into foster care. When James turned 18 he was living in three separate houses and was eager to have a more stable life. He wanted to live with his brother in Houston but his brother was not much older and going through the same situation as James. The young man was helped through the CitySquare TRAC program and was able to get his own place and live a more stable life. Hearing this story really made me feel blessed that I was not in the same situation. It caused me to think about how some people are not as fortunate as I am and have to

live out of their cars or even on the streets in cardboard boxes and tents. I wonder how many homeless people do not know about these types of programs and the help they offer. In Mount Pleasant, there are hardly any homeless shelters. There is mainly only a women’s shelter to help women in abusive situations. However, there are many programs outside east Texas that help out the homeless community. CitySquare has been serving the homeless population in the Dallas area for 31 years. Most holiday traditions are about coming together with family and friends to have fun giving out gifts and having a huge holiday feast. Yet, this is just a dream for the 500,000 Americans who are on the streets experiencing homelessness during the holidays, according to whitehouse.gov. Because of this, many of these people have to freeze during the cold winter months or bundle up just to survive. Many of the homeless are not approved to stay in shelters because of their background history or the shelters are already full. Many of them will not be able to enjoy a nice homemade meal or even spend time with family or friends. This holiday season, I would like to see families helping out in the community by donating items or goods to help those who are less fortunate. Families can do this by donating clothes and shoes to homeless shelters or by doing local volunteer service at a local shelter. Helping out the homeless community can lift up the spirits of those who are experiencing these types of hardships.

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The Eagle Eagle Adviser Mandy Smith

Assistant Adviser Daniel Sanchez Managing Editors Elisabeth Lively Joelle Weatherford

Photo Editor Tahj McRae

Feature Editor Emma Yeager

Staff Erica Aguinaga, Adriana Elizondo, Shanequa Fleming, Hailey Goodwin, Tonya Hammonds, Kendalyn Shumaker, Serenity Mitchell, Bree Rodriguez, Elisabeth Samel, Samuel Sandate, Kachina Swafford, Tristan Zuniga and Scott Snyder. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions of the faculty adviser or the administration of the college. Questions? Comments? Email Mandy Smith at msmith@ntcc.edu or visit our website at www.ntcceagleonline.com


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SPORTS

Svendborg, Denmark

Edmonton, Canada

“I can do a Rubik’s cube faster than Madison.”

“I am the best one on the [FIFA] team.”

Team: Men’s soccer

Interests: Being outside, water activities, playing Fortnite

Position: Left winger

Talents: Can solve a Rubik’s cube in 1 1/2 minutes

Major: General Studies

Fun Fact: Applied for the National team, but was put in the wrong position

Future career: Professional soccer player or insurance agent

Team: Men’s soccer

Interests: Listening to music, going to concerts

Position: Left winger

Talents: Can play the recorder

Major: General Studies

Fun Fact: Fluent in Italian and Spanish

Future career: Business owner

Q: How would you describe yourself? A: “Happy, straight forward, confident.”

Q: How would you describe yourself? A: “I’m a very social person. I can really click with any type of person.”

Q: What brought you to America? A: “The experience, I’ve never been to America before. But also the soccer.”

Q: What brought you to America? A: “My agency reached out, and I just started emailing people.”

Q: What do you miss about Denmark? A: “The food, sushi. My family and my friends.”

Q: What do you miss about Canada? A: “My friends. The people are nice, too.”

Q: What brought you to NTCC? A: “Mostly Coach Dean. I had an agency back home that created the contact.”

Q: What brought you to NTCC? A: “It was either going to St. Louis or going here and our coach is better here.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of NTCC? A: “The new friends I made. The gym.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of NTCC? A: “All the teammates will eat together, so it really is like a family bond.”

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NTCC rodeo team members gather for a team photo during the Backyard Bash held earlier this semester. The team will be back in action for the spring semester in February.

NTCC rodeo ends fall season at Sam Houston Special to the Eagle The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo team closed out their 2019 fall schedule with a trip to Conroe, Texas for the Sam Houston State University Rodeo. Presley Spoonemore led the way for the Eagles with a successful run in the breakaway roping event. She brought home a second

place finish. The Eagles were road warriors this fall making trips to Tatum, Texas, Uvalde, Texas, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Conroe, Texas in addition to their home annual rodeo held in November at Elite Western Arena here in Mount Pleasant. This upcoming spring season, the Eagles will be on the road once again. Their schedule will take the team to Trinity Valley Community

College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-College Station, Hill College and Wharton County Junior College. The Eagles compete in the Southern region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association with Hill College, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana State UniversityAlexandria, McNeese State University, Panola Junior College, Sam Houston State University,

Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Trinity Valley Community College, and Wharton County Junior College. As they start their spring season, the men’s and women’s teams will be vying for a spot in the college finals held in Casper, Wyo.


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