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Eighth-Graders Win iPads In WSCC's Contest

Originally published: 2013-07-17 10:39:59
Last modified: 2013-07-17 10:42:59

Two Greene County middle school students received new Apple iPads and iTunes gift cards from the John Gamble Memorial Endowment at Walters State Community College.

Diana Propst, an eighth grader at Baileyton Elementary, and Seth Neas, an eighth grader at Chuckey-Doak Middle School, earned the tablets as part of a countywide essay contest sponsored by Walters State.

Propst is the daughter of Dan and Joy Propst. Neas is the son of Spence and Paige Neas.

The essay contest is held in a different county in the college's service area each year on a rotating basis.

Propst and Neas also received framed copies of their essays.


The John Gamble Memorial Endowment recognizes the life of Gamble, a Morristown native, who had a successful career as a newspaper reporter, aid to a Tennessee governor, and Hollywood agent and producer.

He was also a speechwriter for the late Senator Herbert Walters, for whom the college is named.

Gamble attributed his success to the fact that as a young boy he had 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 a set of encyclopedias.

Now, with changing technology, an iPad is awarded so students can access encyclopedia information and much more.

In addition to the encyclopedia fund, an academic scholarship fund 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.

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