Southern Crescent Technical College

SCTC Student Wins 2019 NISOD Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

Christine Thompson with James Anderson

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has announced three winners of the 2019 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest. Held each year, the competition honors the memory of Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week and winner of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism.

To participate in the contest, students at NISOD member colleges describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged him or her to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and how that encouragement helped him or her reach their goals.

The 2019 student winner from Southern Crescent Technical College is Emergency Medical Services student Christine Thompson. Thompson wrote an essay about James Anderson, Clinical Coordinator and Instructor for the Emergency Medical Services Program. The winning student, as well as the featured faculty member, each receive a monetary donation and a trip to Austin, Texas to be recognized during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28. Additionally, Southern Crescent Technical College receives a complimentary 2019-2020 NISOD membership.

“Each year NISOD looks forward to awarding students who take the time to thank someone who helped them reach their goal,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “Each student who entered the contest is to be congratulated, as are the individuals at our member colleges who continually make a positive difference in the lives of their students.”

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “We are beyond excited about this wonderful opportunity for our student and instructor. What an incredible honor for them both!”

More information about the contest is available at For questions about the contest or NISOD’s 2019 conference, contact Edward J. Leach at or (512) 232-1430.