|Hannibal Myers, chief development officer of Shoney's; Oskar Groitzsch; Magdalene Kennedy; Angel Puryear; and Catherine Hite, general counsel of Shoney's.|
Students from Hume-Fogg, McGavock and Stratford High Schools took home free iPads after winning big in the "My Future, My Way" essay contest from MNPS, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Shoney's.
The three's essays were among thousands turned in after the Career Exploration Fair in October. Of those thousands, one winner was chosen from each school, with three grand prize winners chosen by a panel of judges. Magdalene Kennedy, Angel Puryear, and Oskar Groitzsch wrote the three winning essays and each received an iPad as reward.
A full release from the Chamber of Commerce, including the list of all seventeen school-level winners, is below.
Nashville's business recognize leadersNASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2011) – Seventeen ninth-grade Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students were recognized by leaders in Nashville’s business community today as winners of the inaugural "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest.
Metro Nashville Public Schools freshmen
ssay contest winners receive prizes
More than 4,500 freshmen from 17 different MNPS schools attended the career exploration fair at the Nashville Convention Center on Oct. 27. As part of Shoney’s five-year sponsorship of the "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair, students later wrote an essay about how the experience impacted their thoughts about school, college and an eventual career. Each of the 17 schools selected an essay winner, and a panel composed of judges from MNPS, Shoney’s and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce selected three grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners read their essays at today’s CEO Champions meeting, and each received a new iPad. The remaining 14 winners will each receive a $100 Shoney’s gift card.
“These students are already ahead, because they are exploring their interests and thinking about college and what they might want to do in life,” said David Davoudpour, chairman & CEO of Shoney’s. “Shoney’s Restaurants is investing in Nashville’s young people, because we feel it’s important to help develop America’s future leaders.”
“This year’s fair was not only bigger than in the past, it was even more engaging and inspiring for our students,” said Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “It is important for young people to broaden their horizons about the many careers that could be in their futures. The career fair not only introduces students to new career possibilities, it also helps them understand how they can prepare for those careers during high school and through higher education. We appreciate Shoney’s for making this experience possible.”
"My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest winners
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies what the Chamber focuses on for its members. Together with its affiliates, the Nashville Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business climate and to enhance Nashville’s position as a desirable place to live, work and visit. For more information, visit www.nashvillechamber.com.
- Magdalene Kennedy, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School (grand prize)
- Angel Puryear, McGavock High School (grand prize)
- Oskar Groitzsch, Stratford High School (grand prize)
- Kelcie Walden, Antioch High School
- Austin Hayes, Big Picture School
- Sandra Watson, Cane Ridge High School
- Stephanie Webb, East Literature Magnet School
- Aaron Davis, Glencliff High School
- Efrain Salazar, Hillsboro High School
- Matcie Sitze, Hillwood High School
- Cory Nelson, Hunters Lane High School
- Destiny Anderson, Maplewood High School
- Dheeraj Namburu, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School
- Iris Engel, Nashville School for the Arts
- Niesha Everson, Pearl-Cohn High School
- Lilly Quach, Overton High School
- Tovia Williams, Whites Creek High School