PRESS RELEASE: 2019 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest Winners

NISOD Press Release


For Immediate Release

NISOD Announces 2019 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest Winners

Winners will be recognized at NISOD’s annual conference.

Austin, Texas – March 21, 2019 – The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is proud to announce the winners of its 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. Wright’s reporting focused national attention on developmental education and the unique open access mission of community colleges.

The winning students, as well as the featured employees, each receive $1,000 and a trip to Austin, Texas to be recognized during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28. The winning student essays will also be published on NISOD’s website. Additionally, each winning student’s college receives a complimentary 2019-2020 NISOD membership.

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 describe how that encouragement helped him or her reach that goal.

The 2019 winners include:

  • Christine Thompson, student, and James Anderson, Clinical Coordinator and Instructor, Southern Crescent Technical College (GA).
  • Samantha Adams, student, and John Landon, Safety and Security Officer, Ozarks Technical Community College (MO).
  • Leila Roumi, student, Dandcee Kittivanichkulkrai, Radiography Instructor, Malcolm X College (IL).

“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.”

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


NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.”

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