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FHS, BHS students win EWI Scholarships

Executive Women Inter-national recently honored three outstanding high school students at its annual EWI Scholarship Night, held Wednesday, April 16, Cherokee Country Club.

Participating EWI chapters take applications at the chapter level for first-, second- and third-place winners. The first- place winner will be eligible to compete at the corporate level for up an additional scholarship worth up to $10,000.

Knoxville EWI’s first-, second- and third-place scholarship winners were Nathan Cantrell from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, Maryli Cheng from Farragut High School and Molly Arwood from Bearden High School, respectively.

Judge Timothy Irwin, Knox County Juvenile Court Judge, spoke to the young people at the event.

“Something I would encourage you young folks to do is to take the natural gifts and talent that you have been given and be selfish for a while with it and enjoy your college careers or your next level of training and be good at it.

“Then when you get good at your profession, when you have mastered it, then you figure out how to give back to the community that has been good to you.

“I want you to find something that you love and do it well. I think that is important.

“I have gone to work and not been enamored with my job. I know what that’s like. I have gone to work at places when I love my job and can’t wait to get there and I am in that second category now and it is a wonderful experience.

“There is nothing that I would rather be doing than what I get to do now,” he added.

Irwin, who played in the National Football League for 13 years while attending law school in the off-season, credited education and the many mentors he has had for his successes.

“What I do now has nothing to do with playing professional football. What I do know has to do with the fundamentals that I received from my parents, the fundamentals that I received at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Central High School, from the great professors at The University of Tennessee, from my law school professors, from my internships and from my old bosses. I know when I finally stop learning, they will be throwing dirt over the top of me,” he said.

Irwin urged the students to be true to themselves.

“It is important that you love what you do. Do not do something that someone else thinks you ought to do. Do something you are passionate about. If you look around you will find it. And when you find it, be good at it. Take that on as a mission, but it’s got to be something that you love,” he said.

He had advice for EWI as well.

“Get involved in a young person’s life. Be a volunteer reader once a month like I do. Tomorrow I will be at Sequoyah Elementary and these kids will be glad to see me. It brightens my whole day to read to that group of second graders. They do not know me as dad, they know me as judge, but I think they would be happy to see any stranger that came into their classroom. It is something new and they soak it up,” he said.

The winners were asked to tell the audience a little about themselves.

Nathan said though his favorite subject in school is history, math comes so easy to him he plans to have a career in electrical engineering.

I plan on attending Vanderbilt [University] and I am pretty excited about that,” he added.

Maryli said she has always been interested in Math and Science and is leaning towardpursuing a degree in bio-medical engineering.

“One thing I am really excited about is this summer I will be attending governors school for engineering. And I just found out I scored perfect on the A-C-T,” she added.

Molly said she is most defined by her eclectic interests.

“It seems that most people have one or two main interests that they focus on during their childhood but I have had so many different interests,” she said.

Molly list of extracurricular activities and sports includes: gymnastics, track and cross-country running, dance team, diving, pole vaulting and cheerleading.


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