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Math standout wins $10,000 scholarship

Oct. 12, 2007
By Michelle Davey

Life -- not to mention math -- can be rough for middle- and high school students, but Marissa Blewitt, a junior from Copley, Ohio, knows first hand how teachers can ease transitions. Blewitt, who majors in adolescent to young adult education in integrated mathematics, serves as a sixth-grade math tutor, a peer mentor to a group of 25 freshman education majors and is president of the Ohio University Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Blewitt recently won a $10,000 Prospective Secondary Teachers Course Work Scholarship, awarded by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, an affiliate of the group Blewitt leads. This nationally competitive award went to Blewitt and two other U.S. students who demonstrated academic success and a commitment to pursuing a career in secondary school mathematics.

Blewitt's leadership role among her College of Education peers, her tutoring experience and her dedication to secondary mathematics education helped her to win the award, said Bob Klein, assistant professor of mathematics and the adviser for the Ohio University Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

"Marissa's very energetic, but at the same time she is very directed and self-motivated," he said.

Blewitt loves interacting with people, and she expresses a desire to make a real difference in the lives of her students. 

"Kids in middle school and high school are going through a lot of changes. I want to be a teacher who would help the students who are struggling more, not just those who are naturally good at math," she said.

The scholarship award obviously reflects the hard work Blewitt has put into her education, but she said it also demonstrates the excellence of faculty and administrators in the math department. 

"It shows how much teachers influence their students. I don't know what I would do without the math department," she said.

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