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Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Shelton State Community College student Monica Nakashima is one of twenty-six Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) students who will have their writing published in the 2019 issue of the organization’s online literary journal, Nota Bene.  Selected from more than 550 entries, Nakashima’s piece, “Should Young Children Be Allowed to Medically Transition,” was judged by current and retired college faculty and staff from across the country.


“To my knowledge, Monica is the only Shelton State student to ever be published in Nota Bene,” said PTK advisor Dr. Kevin Windham.  “It is a great honor for her and a great testimony to the skill and talent our students have.”


“I’m so grateful and honored to have been chosen to represent Shelton State in the 2019 edition of Nota Bene,” states Nakashima. “It’s an opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible had I not joined PTK, and I’ll be forever thankful to my fellow members and friends of Alpha Epsilon Iota for encouraging me to submit my work.”


Following her time at Shelton State, Nakashima plans to attend The University of Alabama to pursue a degree in journalism.


Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.


For more information, contact Kevin Windham at