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Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:06

“Do the Write Thing Challenge” Ambassadors Announced

Desiree Winns, D.A. Weirich and Chase Woodard Desiree Winns, D.A. Weirich and Chase Woodard SCDAG
MEMPHIS - Schilling Farms Middle School and Cordova Middle School students were named ambassadors at the annual “Do the Write Thing Challenge” banquet Thursday evening at Hope Presbyterian Church.
The essays written by Desiree Winns (Schilling Farms) and Chase Woodard (Cordova) were selected from more than 800 essays submitted by middle school students from 17 Shelby County Schools.
The students were challenged to write about ways to reduce violence and to describe ways students can make commitments to help break the cycle of violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods.
At the banquet on March 27, Weirich praised all of the students who submitted essays. “We’re here to celebrate great writers,” she told the students. “You have done great things and you will be doing even more in the future.”
Eddie Moore of Cambridge Construction, a sponsor of the program, said the students should thank their parents, teachers and principals for their support and encouragement. He also challenged them to continue to grow.“You are expected to be leaders in your community,” Moore told the students. “You’re here because you do things right. You’re here because you respect your community. Keep your head in the books. Love one another. Great things are expected of you.”
The banquet was hosted by Hope Presbyterian Thursday, Mar. 27th.
The Do the Write Thing Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence and focuses on middle school students across the country.
The National DTWT Challenge is sponsored by the Kuwait-America Foundation which promotes relations between the United States and Kuwait.
Eddie Moore of Cambridge Construction, a sponsor of the program, said the students should thank their parents, teachers and principals for their support and encouragement. He also challenged them to continue to grow.
“You are expected to be leaders in your community,” Moore told the students. “You’re here because you do things right. You’re here because you respect your community. Keep your head in the books. Love one another. Great things are expected of you.”
The local essays were reviewed by University of Memphis Department of Criminal Justice students who selected two from each school for a total of 34 finalists.
This year’s local selection committee consisted of United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, John Thomas Fowlkes and Judge Loyce Lambert-Ryan of Shelby County General Sessions Court Criminal Division 15, Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecutor Tracye Jones and D.A.’s Juvenile Court Prosecutor Bridgett Stiggers.
The committee reviewed the finalists’ submissions and chose the two essays whose young authors will represent Shelby County in June at the DTWT Challenge National Recognition Ceremony in Washington D.C.The students will be accompanied by their teacher and one parent.
Participating sponsors of this year's program are Cambridge Construction Management, Video Industrial Services, Inc.
The trip to Washington D.C. is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Marriott Hotels and the Kuwait-American Foundation.