New Hope is thrilled to welcome The Commercial Appeal’s award winning sports columnist Geoff Calkins on Thursday, January 31, to speak with our upper school students.
As a boy, Mr. Calkins grew up on a small farm near Buffalo, New York, where he raised chickens and sheep. He is the eighth of nine children and the son of two physicians. In high school, he was a member of the school tennis team and played tuba in the band.
Mr. Calkins earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and a journalism degree from Columbia University. He has twice been named the country’s best sports columnist and contributes to the Appeal’s Metro section regularly. Mr. Calkins has covered major sporting events from the Olympics to the Super Bowl and is known for his insightful analysis of sports issues. He also appears regularly on local television and radio and has appeared on ESPN and National Public Radio.
Mr. Calkins will share with our upper school writers stories from his own writing journey and his personal writing process. Upper School Instructional Leader Samantha Pence says, “We are delighted to host Mr. Calkins at New Hope. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about writing from a nationally recognized author and begin to develop their own writing identities.”