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NEISD students compete in the Do the Write Thing Challenge, Eisenhower student selected as National Finalist

Zachary Durham holds up his plaque.

Eisenhower's Zachary Durham proudly holds up his honorary plaque.

The Do The Write Thing (DtWT) Texas Challenge judges had their work cut out for them as 56 students from San Antonio area schools, including 26 from North East ISD, competed in the annual writing contest. NEISD is home to one of the two national finalists.

Congratulations to eighth grader Zachery Durham who was selected to be the National Ambassador for the 2014 DtWT Challenge. Zach, his English teacher Dana Williams and one parent or guardian will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the Do the Write Thing Challenge National Recognition Week activities in Washington, DC in June of 2014.

Each Do the Write Thing Committee designated two “National Ambassadors” - the boy and girl from the jurisdiction, and Zachery's was chosen as one of the most thought provoking entries for the 2014 Challenge. The Eisenhower student's story focused on the relationship between violence and common misconceptions associated with culture, religion and people with disabilities.

The travel costs for the fun-filled trip to the National Recognition Week activities will be paid by the competitions primary sponsors, the Kuwait-America Foundation, Southwest Airlines, the National Campaign to Stop Violence or the jurisdiction’s Do the Write Thing Committee.

As a Challenge National Ambassador, Zachery will have the opportunity to meet with the Attorney General of the United States and Members of Congress to discuss the problem of youth violence. In addition, students will have been honored at embassy receptions hosted by the Ambassador to the United States from the State of Kuwait.

At last year’s National Recognition Ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, National Ambassadors read excerpts from their writings to a gathering of national, community, political and business leaders. In addition, a book containing the students' writings was placed in the Library of Congress.

Congratulations to all the North East students that took part in this
significant writing contest:

Bradley - Wyatt George Cronk & Brittney Arin Haney

Bush - Constantine Jamison Macris & Ashlyn Ford

Driscoll - Zackary Skelley Hopkins & Makena Marie Cardon

Eisenhower - Zachary Ryan Durham & Briana Suarez

Garner - Ian Nicolaus Gerlach & Samantha Marie Ojeda

Harris - Trevor Paul Mitchell & Josephine Elise Fischer

Jackson - Nick Ramspeck & Kimberly Moreno

Krueger - Joshua Ilya Shterenberg & Lauren Ashelin

Lopez - Kurt Cadby Lautenshlager & Audrey Marie Stedman

Nimitz - Carlos Cruz Jr. & Emily Darnell

Tejada - Matthew Belcher & Alyssa Euler

White - Jacob Ammon Rodriguez & Desiree Antonia Juarez

Wood - Michael Braxton & Kristine LaFuente

Learn more about the DtWT Challenge by visiting the facebook page or website.

To take a look at this year's entries, including National Finalists' Zachary Durham's essay, click here.

Posted on March 28, 2014