Two Maryville High School seniors, Roderick Blevins and Harvey Pendell Meyers, are among 12 students in Tennessee being recognized for their outstanding writing by the National Council of Teachers of English. Millie Davis, director of special programs for NCTE, commended the English faculty at MHS. “The superior achievement of each winner is a reflection of the teachers and English program at your school. A major goal of the Achievement Awards in Writing is to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation,” said Davis.
Over 3,000 juniors were nominated for this award last April. Blevins and Meyers were nominated by MHS junior English teacher Dr. Penny Ferguson. Each student submitted 10 typed pages of best writing from the junior year and completed an impromptu essay on a topic from NCTE. The papers were evaluated by high school and college English teachers. Students were notified of their selection this month and recognized by the state affiliates of NCTE. Their names will also be put forth by NCTE for college scholarships.
Roderick Blevins is president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and treasurer of the National Honor Society. A soccer letterman, Roderick is also a Maryville Scholar and recently distinguished himself as a National Merit Semifinalist. He has won Daily Times Academic Letters in English. He has been an avid participator in community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Trick or Cans, and the Community Food Connection. He plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.
Harvey Pendell Meyers, a National Merit Commended Scholar, is a cross country and track co-captain. He is a Maryville Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, through which he does servant leadership with Lost Sheep Ministries and Cornerstone for Recovery. He attended the Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering last summer and is currently a youth elder at New Providence Presbyterian Church. He has won Daily Times Academic Letters in English, math, science, and social studies.
The Achievement Awards in Writing program was established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation.