Two Greene County middle school students received new iPads with iTunes gift cards from the John Gamble Memorial Endowment at Walters State Community College.
Diana Propst, an eighth grader at Baileyton Elementary, and Seth Neas, an eighth grader at Chuckey-Doak Middle School, earned the iPads in a county-wide essay contest sponsored by Walters State. Propst is the daughter of Dan and Joy Propst. Neas is the son of Spence and Paige Neas.
Gamble, a Morristown native, had successful careers as a newspaper reporter, an aid to a Tennessee governor and a Hollywood agent and producer. He was also a speechwriter for the late Senator Herbert Walters, for whom the college is named. Gamble attributed his success to the fact that as a young boy he had read an entire set of encyclopedias cover to cover. By age 12, he had begun corresponding with over 40 world leaders. The letters were so well written that those corresponding with him did not realize they were writing to a young boy.
As an adult, Gamble wanted the young people from this area to learn about the world beyond East Tennessee and to make a contribution to it. Walters State was chosen to administer an encyclopedia endowment fund. In the beginning, the fund awarded essay winners a set of encyclopedias. Now, with changing technology, an iPad is awarded so students to access encyclopedia information and much more. The essay contest is held in a different county in the college’s service area each year on a rotating basis.
In addition to the encyclopedia fund, an academic scholarship fund has been established at Walters State in Gamble’s memory. Priority for the scholarship is given to winners of the essay contest, in accordance with Gamble’s interest in encouraging education.
Propst and Neas also received framed copies of their essays.
In the picture: Greene County eighth graders Diana Propst and Seth Neas received iPads in recognition of excellent essays from the John Gamble Memorial Endowment at Walters State Community College. From left are Baileyton Elementary teacher Virginia Cooter; Linda Ogle, president of the Walters State Foundation; Propst and Neas; Dr. Mark Hurst, associate vice president for College Advancement at Walters State; and Chuckey-Doak Middle School English teacher Emily Willis.