MC names West Chevrolet Academic Award winners

April 4, 2002

Gerald W. Campbell of Alcoa, Valerie N. Freel of Maryville and N. Nathaniel "Nate" Lee of Sevierville, Tenn., were named recently the recipients of the West Chevrolet Academic Award, which is funded by West Chevrolet in Alcoa and offered to students enrolled at Maryville College.

Established by Steve West in 1998 and valued at $500 for each student, the award has connections to the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association's regional high school mathematics contest held at Maryville College annually during the spring. The contest is open to high school students in Blount, Loudon and Sevier counties. Top scorers in the contest who choose to enroll at Maryville College are considered first for the West Chevrolet Academic Award.

Guidelines for the award outline that it "honors Maryville College students and the pursuit of the study of mathematics. Participants of the local competition are eligible to receive this award. The award, presented annually at the [College's] academic awards banquet, will be part of a student's financial aid package for the following year."

Campbell, a junior at the College and the son of Michael and Patricia Campbell of Knoxville, is a 1999 graduate of Alcoa High School. He is majoring in computer science and mathematics.

Freel, also a junior, is the daughter of Robert and Brenda Freel of Maryville. A 1999 graduate of Heritage High School, Freel is majoring in math for teacher licensure.

Lee, who is also majoring in math for teacher licensure, is a sophomore at the College. He is the son of Neil and Carolyn Lee of Sevierville and a 2000 graduate of Sevier County High School.

"[The West Chevrolet Academic Award] helps attract top mathematics and science students to Maryville College," said Dr. John Nichols, professor of mathematics and chairperson of the College's Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. "The award honors excellence in mathematics in addition to making a Maryville education more accessible to students from the local area. I am very grateful to Steve West and West Chevrolet for making this award possible."

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.