According to a recent report, a whopping 24 percent of students in eighth and 12th grade in 2011 could write coherent essays with proper grammar and usage.

MIDVALE — Midvale Middle School eighth-grader Timothy Hui has been selected to represent Utah at the National Do the Write Thing essay contest.

Hui's essay about ending youth violence will be entered into the Library of Congress. The Do the Write Thing Challenge offers seventh- and eighth-grade students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and write essays proposing prevention tactics to break the cycle of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.

The national challenge is administered locally through the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice, which selects one boy and one girl to represent Utah at the national competition.

Hui, his teacher Jennifer Romney, and his parents will travel to the national competition in July. He also received a $500 donation to a Utah Educational Savings Plan account.