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Union County Students Win Essay Contest
August 24, 2020

Horace Maynard Middle School students. Hunter Delph and Kyra Peace have won Walters State’s annual John H. Gamble Scholarship Competition. Both received an iPad and will be given priority for the John H. Gamble Scholarship following high school graduation.
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 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 complete sets of encyclopedias.
Now, with changing technology, iPads are awarded so students can 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 the photo: At left, Kyra Peace was one of two winners of Walters State’s John H. Gamble Essay Competition. She is shown with her mother, Michelle Peace, left, and grandmother Connie Williams, right. At right, Hunter Delph, shown with his mother Jamie Delph, was one of two winners of Walters State’s John H. Gamble Essay Competition.