Rhett Mayfield ’94
"As a writer, I am reminded more than most how impressive the reading and writing curriculum is at Charles Wright. The sad truth is that most people I meet, regardless of their level of success, have poor writing skills and find little to no enjoyment in literature. CWA, through the passion of its teachers and the intensity of its curriculum, fosters these abilities in its students. It’s been many years since I graduated, but I can still remember with clarity the exuberance Doc Neunherz showed when one of his history students, through their writing, was able to organize a massive amount of data into several concise arguments, which were then used to flawlessly support a clear and cohesive thesis. Every CWA graduate I know will admit, some of them with a roll of the eyes, that a class taught by Mr. Callow was like a boot camp in argumentative writing. While Doc and Callow loved their subject, they found an even greater satisfaction in pushing students to use their writing to argue a point, and to argue it clearly and forcefully. This ability proves necessary to succeed in any educational discipline, and CWA instills this knowledge in every single graduate."