Newark High School senior Leah Marvin is the 2013 recipient of the $500 scholarship the Newark Teachers’ Association gives annually to an aspiring teacher.
NEWARK — Newark High School senior Leah Marvin is the 2013 recipient of the $500 scholarship the Newark Teachers’ Association gives annually to an aspiring teacher.
The daughter of Larry and Rebecca Marvin of Snake Road in Newark, she received the award at an afterschool reception May 10 in the library that was attended by Marvin and her parents, NTA members and NHS Principal Tom Roote.
Marvin wants to become an art teacher and plans to attend Nazareth College in the fall where she will major in art education.
“We are very proud to give you this scholarship,” NHS Spanish teacher Marcela Mason, who is the NTA Scholarship Committee chair, told Marvin as she presented her with the award. She also noted she was the unanimous choice of the committee.
"She is a very dedicated, outstanding candidate," Mason said.
Other members of the NTA scholarship committee include: Gayle Murphy, NHS librarian, Kathleen Chambers, first grade teacher at Lincoln School; Kathleen Zappia, special education teacher at Kelley School; Susan VanTyle, eighth grade ELA teacher at Newark Middle School; and Kari Hamelinck, a third grade teacher at Kelly School.
After receiving the award, Marvin, who loves art and has wanted to become a teacher since she was a child, said she is putting her "true loves" together.
With a grade point average at the end of the third quarter of this school year of 93.66, Marvin is delighted to have been chosen for the NTA scholarship.
"I feel very honored in winning this award," she said. "It is a great feeeling having a group of successful teachers award me with a scholarship in the field of teaching. I hope to make them all proud."
At NHS, Marvin is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Link Crew and is vice president of Varsity Club. She is also a member of the Girls Varsity Swimming team and the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team.
Becky Marvin, Perkins School Library assistant, is also very proud of her daughter’s achievement.
“We are so proud that Leah was chosen as this year's recipient of the NTA scholarship,” she said. “We have much confidence that Leah will make a fine art teacher and we were pleased to know that the passion she has for her future career was something that stood out to the scholarship committee. We know that the art department here in Newark has provided an excellent foundation for Leah to grow from.”
This is the 26th year the NTA has awarded the scholarship to a student pursuing a career in teaching. The award was established to encourage interest and excellence in the field of education and is given to a student who has maintained an average of 85 or higher, consistently demonstrated a desire to prepare for a career in education, and will be enrolled in college in the fall.
Page 2 of 2 - The NTA has awarded similar scholarships to 40 worthy recipients since 1988, bringing the amount of its total donations to over $20,000.