Writing a 500-word essay about the future of NASA paid off big for one Donelson Middle School student.
Devyn Hollinsworth learned Wednesday morning his essay won grand prize which includes a trip for four to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with round trip airfare, three nights at a hotel and four tickets to the Astronaut Training Experience included.
Delaware North Company sponsored the all-expenses paid trip.
“I am just in shock right now,” said Hollinsworth who told Nashville's News 2 he spent a lot of time working on his essay.
“I just started writing and researching and it took me a very long time to do it,” he continued.
Hollinsworth was one of 14 students who entered the contest hosted by the school's Pencil Partner, the Metro Nashville Airport Authority.
“This is our second year of partnering with Donelson Middle School which is wonderful because their mascot is the Jets. It goes perfectly with the airport authority,” Kia Lewis with the Metro Nashville Airport Authority explained.
The Airport Authority, with the help of Delaware North, also awarded $75 gift cards to two students who tied for second place.
While Hollinsworth won the grand prize, Principal Cecilia Arbuckle told Nashville's News 2 her school and students are the real winners thanks to their partnership with the Airport Authority.
“It is like having 100 big brothers and sisters really,” she explained, adding, “They are here at the end of school for anything that we need, I can always call the airport authority and they are here to help us.”
There are over 700 Pencil Partners across Davidson County who serve nearly 80,000 children in Nashville Public Schools.
Click here for more information on the Pencil Foundation's Pencil Partners.