Robert Reid Drake, 2010 graduate of Northern Guilford High School, has received the John Carlton Myatt Writing Scholarship. Drake, the son of Todd & Robin Drake of Summerfield, will attend UNC Ashville in the Fall where he will pursue a major in Creative Writing. At Northern Guilford, Robert was founder and president of both the School’s Gay/Straight Alliance and the Student Initiating Peace Club. His awards include publication in the UNCG’s literary journal The Coraddi, his poem “Travelin’ Song” voted #1 in the Song Lyrics category on Teen Ink’s Web page, Honorable Mention for his story “Deer” at the Phoenix Literary Festival, and finalist in the school’s Poet Laureate contest.
The $3,100 scholarship is given to a Guilford County High School senior who displays a creative, innovative and courageous spirit in writing and exhibits those skills through school and community activities to effect change.