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Students Earn iPads for Essay Excellence
May 17, 2017

Two White Pine School students received new iPads and iTunes gift cards from the John Gamble Memorial Endowment at Walters State Community College.
 
Tanner England and Joanna Sanchez received their prizes during a luncheon at Walters State’s Morristown campus.
Tanner is the son of Brandy England. Joanna is the daughter of Raul Sanchez and Dionisia Rojas. Both are in the eighth grade. 
The essay competition was established in honor of the late John Gamble. A Morristown native, Gamble 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 Sen. Herbert Walters, for whom the college is named. Gamble attributed his success to the fact that as a young boy he 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 that 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 complete sets of encyclopedias. Now, iPads are awarded so students can access the encyclopedia information and much more. 
In addition to the encyclopedia fund, an academic scholarship 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. The essay contest is held in a different county in the college’s service area each year on a rotating basis. 

In the photo: Two White Pine School students received iPads for writing the winning essays in the John Gamble Memorial Endowment essay contest. From left are Chris Cates, assistant vice president of college advancement at Walters State; Tanner England; Joanna Sanchez; and Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.