The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has selected Kristina Conner and John Schmidt of Maryville High School as two of the 13 Tennessee winners of the 2010 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing.
Kent Williamson, Executive Directors of NCTE, commends the English Department at Maryville High School: “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.” The NCTE Writing Award is considered to be the highest award in writing for which a high school student can be recognized.
Kristina Conner, daughter of Kathleen and Brandt Conner, is a very versatile young lady. She serves as editor-in-chief of Maryille High’s student newspaper, The Red and Black, performs with the Maryville Singers and the Red Rebel Marching Band, and has held key roles in MHS dramatics.
She has been recognized with English Departmental awards and was named Best Dramatic Actress by the Drama Department. In recognition of her academic excellence, she was selected for membership in the National Honor Society and named a “Maryville Scholar.”
John Schmidt, son of Bonnie and David Schmidt, is a Maryville Singer, National Merit Semi-Finalist, Youth Leadership Blount graduate, and Captain of the Forensics Team.
A standout in music and forensics competition, he has been named to the All-East Honors Choir and is a two-time State Champion in Impromptu Speaking. He is an anchor on the MHS Scholars Bowl Team, which recently finished as the semi-finalist in ETP-TV Scholars’ Bowl Competition. For his academic excellence he has been inducted into the National Honor Society and has been designated as a Maryville Scholar.