Murray State College student Justin Whittington’s poem, “The Road,” was selected to be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) honor anthology, Nota Bene. It is the only literary journal for community college students.

“This is outstanding accomplishment,” said Lindsay Brantley, Murray State College PTK chapter. “To my knowledge, we’ve never had a Murray State student get published in this anthology. Justin has the honor of being the first.”

Nota Bene showcases the outstanding writing of community college students. More than 800 entries were submitted at the 28th edition competition, the most in competition history. Whittington was among the 24 students selected for publishing.

“I had the pleasure of surprising Justin with this great news,” said Dr. Tim Faltyn, Murray State College president. “To be among the most elite students selected goes to show that our students are doing great things here.”

The first issue was published in 1994. It is used to spotlight PTK members who exhibit excellence in writing among an already elite group of community college students. Each year, hundreds of students submit works of poetry, research and short stories in hopes of being published in this prestigious anthology.