Three Northeast Texas Community College students recently had essays published in the 2019 issue of Touchstone, the collegiate journal of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Rhylie Anderson of Winnsboro, Jazmin Garcia of Mount Pleasant and Morgan Martin of Mount Pleasant, were all included in the spring edition of the publication.
Anderson published her work on African-American leaders in Texas who had to cope with the late-nineteenth century era, when blacks were losing the vote. Garcia’s article was on Mildred Moody, Texas First Lady 1927-31. Finally, Martin’s article explored the fall of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation.
An editorial board comprised of four university professors, four community college professors, and the TSHA Education Director determined the selections for the recent issue in the spring of 2018. Once selected, Anderson, Garcia, and Martin were all given recommendations for revision which they successfully completed this past summer. All three of their works had been originally submitted as the course requirement for the honors course in Texas history in the fall of 2017.
“Each of these essays not only contribute to our understanding of Texas history, but suggest promising avenues of student research. Gone are the days when Northeast Texas, because of our lack of a large library, is at a disadvantage,” Dr. Andrew Yox, NTCC Honors Director, said.
All three students have also presented their work in other formats. Anderson was recently featured in the meeting of the Texas State Historical Association at Corpus Christi. Her essay was selected as the representative of the best Texas history research contributed by a freshman or sophomore in the state of Texas in 2018. Garcia presented her work on Moody at both the meetings of the Great Plains Honors Council last spring, and the National Collegiate Honors Council last November in Boston. Martin presented her work last spring at the meeting of the Great Plains Honors Council at Oklahoma State University, qualifying as a semi-finalist in the Brett Poster Award competition.
The 2019 spring Touchstone also carries an illustrated article of NTCC’s Walter Webb Chapter, detailing the story of how it made its Caldwell-Award winning film on Barbara Conrad.
Anyone interested in obtaining this year’s Touchstone should write Yox at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Texas State Historical Association.