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UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of JACKSON Laying the foundation for a lifetime of success Presenting USJ’s Class of 2013 …


Academic, athletic, fine arts, and leadership scholarships from colleges…

The Class of 2013 w Conner Adkins will major in pre-med at the

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University of Mississippi. A four-year member of the soccer team, Conner was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Science Honor Society, Société Honoraire de Français, and English Honor Society. He was voted “Most School Spirited” by his classmates. w Hannah Aherrera, an AP Scholar, will attend Saint Louis University, major in biology/premed and minor in music and Spanish as part of the Saint Louis University Honors and Medical Scholars Programs. Hannah was a five-year member and accompanist for the All-Northwest Honor Choir and named to the All-State Honor Choir twice. She also held an officer position in several organizations and played tennis. w Hunter Anthony, captain of the varsity soccer team, plans to study business management. He was named to the All-Region and All-District teams and was twice named Regional MVP. Hunter participated in theater, Young Life, and the International and Spanish clubs. He has not yet decided on a college. w Brooks Antwine plans to major in pre-med at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a sophomore, he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI in Washington, D.C. Brooks played football for four years and participated in the International, SADD, and Spanish clubs. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. w Andrea Arreaza will major in marketing and minor in business at UT Knoxville. She was the Spanish Club secretary and varsity volleyball team captain, was named to the All-State volleyball team, and was voted “Most Beautiful” by her classmates. Andrea was a member of the National Art Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and several clubs.

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dle and Upper School musicals, will attend Belmont University to double major in French and communication studies. She placed both regionally and nationally in the National French Exam for three years. Olivia, an AP Scholar, was named to the All-Northwest Honor Choir. She was president of the National English Honor Society and vice president of Société Honoraire de Français. w Kimberlee Ballard, a recipient of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Key, will major in architecture and design at UT Knoxville. Kimberlee was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Art Honor Society. Last summer, Kimberlee visited Costa Rica as part of a full-immersion Spanishlanguage travel study program with USJ. w Selena Bright received a Fine Arts Guild Summer Art Scholarship. Selena also served as a peer juror for the Madison County Juvenile Court and was a member of the Art Club, Photography Club, and Operation Smile Club. She has not yet decided where she will attend college. w Kelly Bryan, who attended Governor’s School for the Arts in dance, plans to major in business at UT Knoxville. Kelly won a first place in the West Tennessee Student Art Exhibition and is a member of the National Art Honor Society. w Tyler Buckley, voted “Best Smile” by his peers, will attend UT Knoxville. Tyler played football and was named All-District Lineman in 2011 and 2012. During his senior season, he was named All-State Center and The Jackson Sun’s West Tennessee Lineman of the Week. w Rachel Butler plans to play soccer at FreedHardeman University. She was a four-year starter for the two-time state champion Lady Bruins soc-

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Miss. Mississippi State. Sewanee. SMU. Samford. Auburn. Colorado … The 88 members of USJ’s Class of 2013 are attending 33 colleges across the country. Many students received academic, leadership, fine arts, and athletic scholarships. The College Board selected three students for National Merit honors; one of which was named a National Merit finalist. Nine members of the class were named AP Scholars for scores they received on their Advanced Placement tests. The top 20 percent in the class had an average ACT score of 30.5; the class average ACT score was 26.4. Akua Nuako is Valedictorian, John Villarreal is Salutatorian, and Hannah Aherrera is Essayist. cer team and a three-year member of the track team. Rachel was a member of the National Art Honor Society, participated in several other clubs, and was a freshman class officer. w Jackson Cain plans to attend UT Knoxville. He played four years of varsity soccer and was named to the All-West Tennessee Honor Choir. Jackson was a member of the Science National Honor and Tri-M Music Honor societies. w Trace Carlock, voted “Most Likely to be Remembered” by the senior class, plans to major in business at the University of Mississippi. He played varsity football, ran track, and was a member of the Spanish and Key Service clubs. w Catherine Christie will major in business and accounting at Auburn University. She was cocaptain of the nationally ranked varsity cheerleading squad, a Girls State delegate, Student Government Association treasurer, and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and several interest groups. Many graduates were accepted into honors programs at various universities. These students included, from left, John Villarreal, Union University; Turner Spurlin, University of Alabama; Trey Teel, Mississippi State University; Peyton Vaughan, University of Mississippi; Ryan Sanderson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ross Thomas, UT Knoxville; Colton Little, Mississippi State; and Philip Griggs, Southern Methodist University. Not pictured is Conner Adkins, who was admitted to the honors college at the University of Mississippi.


After weighing enticing offers from schools like Washington University in St. Louis and Duke University, Akua Nuako decided to attend Harvard. w Kyle Clifton, co-founder of the Ping Pong Club, will major in pre-nursing at UT Knoxville. He was a four-year varsity football player, played basketball, and ran track. Kyle was a member of Young Life, Key Service Club, and Spanish Club. w Katherine Cloar, who transferred to USJ during her junior year, plans to major in political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She joined the band at USJ and was most proud of being awarded “Best Witness for the Defense” in the 2011 Tennessee Mock Trial Competition before coming to USJ. w Brandon Conaway will major in pre-med at Union University. He played defender on the varsity soccer team. Brandon was the class recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. w Parker Darnall will attend UT Knoxville to study engineering. He was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He is co-captain for the state-ranked Germantown Red Devils Ice Hockey team and captain of the USJ intramural inline hockey team. Parker was honored as a Tennessee Leader of Tomorrow by the UT Madison County Alumni Chapter and awarded the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology.

w Darby Douglas, who transferred to USJ for her senior year, will major in chemical engineering at UT Knoxville. Already academically accomplished at her previous school, Darby joined the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society at USJ. w Eliza Edwards, a Miss Basketball finalist and varsity basketball team captain, will attend UT Knoxville. Eliza was the Division II A Player of the Year in 2013. She was named to the All-State basketball team in 2013, All-District and All-Tournament teams for three years, and All-West Tennessee team. Active in several groups, she organized a mentoring program for freshmen girls. w Donovan Eubank, an Eagle Scout, will play soccer for Martin Methodist College in Pulaski and major in nursing. He was captain of the varsity soccer team and named to the Best of the West All-Tournament team in 2012. Donovan was a member of the Spanish and Key Service clubs. w Peyton Fendley, selected “Wittiest” by his peers, will attend the University of Mississippi to major in banking and finance. He was a member of the 2012 state champion baseball team and a four-year member of the basketball team, serving as team captain during his senior year. w La’Ciera Ford-Bass, co-captain of the nationally ranked USJ cheer team, will major in accounting at Mississippi State University. La’Ciera completed the study abroad program in Costa Rica and was a member of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. She is a Leadership University graduate and was SADD Club treasurer, International Club secretary, and Key Service Club coservice chairperson. She helped organize the first senior- to-freshman mentor group. w Alex Garey, a seven-year band member, will major in engineering at Union University. Alex is a four-year member of the football team and was named All-District, All-West Tennessee, and Player of the Week during his senior season. He also played for the intramural inline hockey team and was a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. w Ryan Garner plans to major in exercise and sports science at the University of Memphis. The varsity football and baseball team captain was the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Division II A All-State football and baseball selection in 2011 and

2012. The Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association chose him as the Division II A 2012 Baseball Player of the Year. He was named to the Oklahoma Jr. Sunbelt winning “Team Tennessee” baseball squad. w Anna Garrett, a Girls State delegate and Leadership University graduate, will attend the University of Alabama to major in pre-physical therapy. Anna was a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. As a four-year member and co-captain of the Lady Bruins basketball team, her peers voted her “Most Athletic.” w Colleen Gilroy plans to major in psychology and elementary education at Union. The senior class selected her as “Most Likely to Be Remembered.” She was a member of the National Honor Society and Social Science Honor Society. Colleen was a participant in the arts with submissions in the “Trashin’ Fashion” show and in the USJ literary magazine. She also was cast in multiple USJ play productions. w Adam Glassman, a member of the All-District football team, the All-West Tennessee football team, National Honor Society, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, will study kinesiology at UT Knoxville. He served as captain of the varsity track and field team and was involved in theater, choir, Young Life, and several interest groups. w Michael Grant, a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Spanish Club, was in the Bruin band for seven years and participated in 18 musical productions. A varsity soccer player, he was voted “Most Likely to be Remembered.” Michael will be a member of the Innovation Vocal Ensemble at Jackson State Community College. w Philip Griggs, an AP Scholar, will major in pre-med and minor in Spanish at Southern Methodist University. He completed the USJ study abroad program in Costa Rica, was recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Program, attended Boys State, was a Junior Rotarian, and graduated from Leadership University. A member of the National Honor Society and several other academic honor societies, Philip was president of the SADD Club, vice president of the Science National Honor Society, and a member of the Honor Council.

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On the cover: Members of the Class of 2013 will be attending a variety of colleges in several states. Representing this diversity are, from left, Adam Glassman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Margaret Jones, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; Chris Weiner, University of Missouri; Angelica Marks, University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; Lance McGee, University of Memphis; Lindsay Smith, Samford University in Alabama; and Connor Simmons, Mississippi State University. At right, both Hannah Aherrera and Sally Sikes will be accepted into the medical program of their choice if they do well as undergraduates. Sally is in the pre-pharmacy program at the University of Mississippi. After two years, she will enter the pharmacy program. Hannah is in the eight-year medical scholars program at St. Louis University and will apply to medical school her sophomore year.

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The Class of 2013: future engineers, accountants, physical therapists, nurses, ph w Rachel Grimm will attend Lipscomb to major in biology. She was president of the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club and vice president of the Photography Club and International Club. Rachel is a member of Mu Alpha Theta. w Sarah Haltom, who studied abroad during the summer of 2012 in Costa Rica, will major in genetics and biology at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She was a member of the district champion 2010 Envirothon team, the National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. Sarah was active in several clubs and exhibited projects in the USJ art shows and fashion shows. w Tyler Hardin will play baseball for Murray State and major in pre-physical therapy. He was a member of the 2012 TSSAA Division II state baseball championship team and the 2009 and 2011 TSSAA Division II state football championship runner-up teams. Tyler was named to the All-State football team and the All-District and All-West baseball teams. w Niall Harlan will major in engineering at UT Knoxville. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, vice president of the SADD Club, and a member of the 2009 Honor Choir.

w Sam Henderson plans to major in physical therapy at UT Knoxville. He was a member of Young Life, the International Club, Key Service Club, Spanish Club, and the varsity track team. w Chase Hensley, Mr. Football winner for 2012, will play football at Arkansas Tech University. Chase was named the West Tennessee Defensive Lineman of the Year, All-State in 2011 and 2012, and was a Mr. Football finalist in 2011. He also played varsity basketball, was a member of the 2012 state champion Bruins baseball team, and was involved in special interest groups. w Tessa Holder will attend UT Knoxville. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society and earned the Art I and Art II Rising Artist Awards and the Art III Outstanding Artist Award. Her work was exhibited in the USJ Art Show and Fashion Show. She was a member of several clubs. w Alex Hollman will attend UT Knoxville. A National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta member, Alex also participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum and was a two-year participant in the Madison County Teen Court program. w Bailey Howell, the Student Government Association secretary, will major in nursing at Union. She is a graduate of Leadership University and was Key Service Club treasurer and Tri-M Music

Honor Society vice president. Bailey was active in several groups and a junior volunteer at JacksonMadison County General Hospital. w Cory Johnson will major in Spanish and biology at Union. He was a three-year member of the All-Northwest Choir, International Club treasurer, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica historian, and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Science National Honor Society. w Margaret Jones, Miss USJ, will major in marketing and communications at Southern Methodist University. She was a varsity cheerleader co-captain, yearbook editor, senior class president, vice president of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society, and a member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and Mu Alpha Theta. Margaret completed USJ’s travel study program in Costa Rica. w Jacob Lifsey, a four-year member of the varsity cross country team and the band, will major in audio engineering at Delta State University. He was a Tri-M Music Honor Society member and received a Fine Arts Guild Scholarship to attend the Delta State Music Institute Camp for audio engineering. Jacob also was a member of the National Honor Society and used his music and sound skills in USJ play productions.


w Colton Little will major in aerospace engineering at Mississippi State. He was a member of the 2012 TSSAA Division II state baseball championship team and the 2009 and 2011 TSSAA Division II state football championship runner-up teams. Colton earned second place in Algebra II and sixth in Calculus and Advanced Topics at the TMTA 2012 and 2013 math competitions. w Sarah Mantooth will study elementary education at Lee University. She was a member of the National Honor Society and several other groups, historian of the National Art Honor Society, and chaplain for the Down Syndrome Association Buddy Club and Photography Club. Sarah received two Silver Key Awards from the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition for her photography. w James-Roland Markos, an AP Scholar, was selected to the Lott Institute at the University of Mississippi. He will double major in biological sciences and public policy leadership. James-Roland was president of Mu Alpha Theta and a member of the National Honor Society and several other academic honor societies. He was captain of the varsity tennis team and a member of the 2009 state champion tennis team. He won the Sewanee Book Award for Excellence in Writing. As a senior, he attended the prestigious Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

w Angelica Marks will major in biology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received the AllNorthwest Honor Choir four-year award and was chosen for the All-State Women’s Chorale. Angelica participated in the travel study program to Costa Rica and was a member of the National Honor Society. w Reed Matheny plans to major in pre-med at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was a five-year member of the varsity baseball team, including the 2012 state championship team. Reed was named to the All-Northwest Honor Choir four years and was in seven theatrical productions. w Lance McGee, a trombone and baritone player, will major in civil engineering at the University of Memphis. He received a six-year award for All-Northwest Honor Choir and played in the orchestra for several musical productions. He also was goalie for USJ’s intramural inline hockey team. w Emily Mitchell was awarded the American Vision Award for her “Target Dress” at the MidSouth Scholastic Art Awards, a Gold Key by the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards, and Best in Show at the UT Martin Student Art Competition. w Todd Moon plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Todd’s artwork has won numer-

ous awards and was featured in the USJ Art Show. w Austin Morganti will attend Mississippi State. He was a member of the International Club, Key Service Club, SADD Club, and Spanish Club. Austin’s classmates voted him “Cutest” in the senior class. w Michael Mysiewicz will play soccer at Bethel University and major in business. While at USJ, Michael was named to the All-District team three times, the All-Region team twice, and the All-State team in 2012. He also was a member of several special interest groups, ran cross country, and played basketball. w Abby Nolen plans to study pre-medicine at Mississippi State. She was a member of the USJ Choir, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, National Honor Society, and varsity track team. Abby also traveled to Costa Rica in the Spanish immersion program. w Baker Norsworthy will attend the University of Mississippi where he plans to study mechanical engineering. Baker was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Key Service Club, SADD Club, and Environmental Club. w Akua Nuako, an AP Scholar with Distinction, will attend Harvard College to study biomedical engineering. She was president of the Student Government Association, SGA secretary Continued…

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Average ACT score for top 20% of class: 30.5; class average ACT score: 26.4…

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her junior year, and a class officer for two years. She was a member of the National Honor Society and several other academic honor societies. Akua received state ranking for four years at the TMTA Math Competition and was selected to receive the Yale Award and the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. w Anna Clare Pearson will major in international business at Rhodes College. She played on the state championship women’s soccer teams in 2011 and 2012. Anna Clare was Operation Smile Club president and a member of Mu Alpha Theta and several special interest clubs. w John Pierce was selected to the Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi to major in international business. He was a member of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, National Science Honor Society, and National Honor Society and served as the Spanish Club president and the SADD Club vice president. John played football, ran track, and was a member of several other clubs. w Mitchell Wade Porter will attend Baptist College of Health Sciences to study pre-medical radiography. A member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, USJ band, and French Club, he played percussion in the Jackson Community Band. w Currie Powell will attend UT Knoxville to study psychology. He received the medal in Psychology for the highest class average. Currie was voted “Most Changed” by his peers and was a member of the International, Key Service, SADD, and Environmental clubs and the football team. w Emily Priddy, co-captain of the USJ cheer squad, will attend UT Knoxville to major in engineering. Emily was co-editor of the yearbook and a member of the SADD Club, Environmental Club, French Club, Operation Smile Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. w Caroline Purcell will pursue a degree in dance performance at the University of MissouriKansas City. She is a senior performing member of Ballet Arts, Inc. and attended several summer intensives for dance: Radio City Rockettes in New York for four years; and Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C; Orlando Ballet; Joffrey Ballet; and American Ballet Theatre for two years. She was accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and was Tri-M treasurer.

USJ Singers and was selected three times for the All-Northwest Honor Choir. His musical recording was selected to be part of USJ’s literary magazine, and his band recorded a single in 2011. w Kelsey Ross will study premedicine at the University of Alabama. A graduate of Leadership University, she served as secretary of SADD Club, vice president of Operation Smile Club, and president of the French Club and the Société Honoraire de Français. w Kacee Russell will study music business at MTSU. She was selected for the All-Northwest Honor Choir Katie Robertson, from left, Jacob Lifsey, and Caroline Purcell will four times and qualified to audition pursue their interest in the arts in college. Katie will major in photog- for the-All State Honor Choir. raphy at Memphis College of Art; Jacob, a musician, will major in w Ryan Sanderson will attend audio engineering at Delta State; and Caroline will major in dance UT Knoxville and major in internaperformance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. tional business. A four-year member of the varsity football team, Ryan was w Madeline Ray was a member of the Photogan All-District and All-West Tennessee player. He raphy Club and Operation Smile Club and Art was selected for the All-Northwest Honor Choir Club treasurer. She was a four-year member of the six times and All-State Choir twice. He performed varsity golf team and competed at the state level in many USJ musicals. An AP Scholar, Ryan was a her freshman and senior years. She plans to study member of six honor societies, a Boys State reprepsychology. She has not yet decided on a college. sentative and a Junior Rotarian. w Jourdan Redden will major in English at Sew Logan Schultz will major in engineering at wanee: The University of the South. He was UT Chattanooga. He is a teen court volunteer and recording secretary and vice president for the Stu- participated in theater, Young Life, International dent Government Association and a graduate of Club, Key Service Club, Spanish Club, and footLeadership University. Jourdan was team captain ball. He was a four-year member of the baseball of the varsity cross country team and a member of team. National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hisw Sally Sikes was accepted into the Honors pánica, and National English Honor Society. College and Early Entry Pharmacy program at the w Lauren Riddell will play softball and study University of Mississippi. She was National Honor physical therapy at Middle Tennessee State UniSociety service chair, National Science Honor Soversity. Lauren was a five-year member of the two- ciety secretary, Société Honoraire de Français time state championship Lady Bruin softball team chaplain, Tri-M Music Honor Society secretary, and a three-year captain. Widely recognized for class secretary, and student ambassador. Sally her softball talent, Lauren was a 2013 Wendy’s played both basketball and volleyball for four years Heisman State finalist, named three times to the and was captain of both teams. She received AllAll-State, All-Region Tournament, and All-DisWest and All-District Honors, was on the Alltrict Tournament teams, and named All-Region Northwest and All-State Honor Choirs, and won a and All-District MVP in 2011 and 2012. Lauren six-year award. was a member of the National Honor Society. w Connor Simmons will major in accounting w Katie Robertson plans to study photograat Mississippi State. Elected class treasurer his junphy at Memphis College of Art. She founded the ior and senior years, he was a member of the NaPhotography Club and was instrumental in getting tional Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor a photography class added as an art department Society, several service clubs, and the varsity golf elective. She also served as vice president of the and track teams. He was chosen to the All-NorthArt Club. Katie won a Silver Key for photography west Honor Choir six times. He received the sixin the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. year award and the All-State Honor Choir twice. w Austin Rolison plans to study commercial w Troy Smigielski plans to major in biology at music at MTSU. He was a four-year member of the University of Alabama. He was chairman of From left, John Pierce and James-Roland Markos the Science National Honor Society, a member of were accepted into prestigious programs at the Univer- the National Honor Society, an All-State football player, and four-year soccer player. He was named sity of Mississippi. John will study international busi“Madison County Hall of Fame Student Athlete ness in the Croft Institute, and James-Roland will of the Year 2013.” study public policy leadership and biological sciences w Lindsay Smith will attend Samford Univerin the Lott Institute. He is one of 10 students to receive sity to major in family life counseling. She was a the Doris Raymond Honors College Scholarship.


member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the National English Honor Society, president of the Key Service Club, chaplain of the Student Government Association, and active in several interest groups. Lindsay was a Girls State delegate. The All-Northwest Honor Choir gave her the six-year award, and she qualified for AllState Honor Choir three times. w Powers Spencer, Mr. USJ, will major in international business and play football at Sewanee: The University of the South. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Powers was a Mr. Football finalist and two-time All-State selection. w Turner Spurlin, an Eagle Scout, will attend the University of Alabama and major in marketing. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. w Caroline Stallings will major in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Mississippi. She was a four-year varsity and competitive cheerleader and UCA All-American Cheerleader and served as cheer co-captain this year. Voted “Most Changed” by her peers, Caroline was Key Service Club historian and on the yearbook staff three years. w Hunter Stewart will attend UT Knoxville to major in engineering. He was a member of Young Life, International Club, and Spanish Club. Hunter played varsity football and tennis. w John Teague plans to major in business administration at UT Knoxville. He played four years of varsity football and was an All-District Honorable Mention. John was a member of the International Club and Spanish Club. w Trey Teel, a four-year and founding member of the USJ Honor Council, will attend Mississippi State to study bio-chemistry and Spanish. He was Graduates who will be playing a sport in college include, from left, kneeling, Michael Mysiewicz, soccer at Bethel University; Tyler Hardin, baseball at Murray State University; and Donovan Eubank, soccer at Martin Methodist; and standing, Ryan Garner, baseball at the University of Memphis; Rachel Butler, soccer at Freed-Hardeman University; Chase Hensley, football at Arkansas Tech University; Lauren Riddell, softball at Middle Tennessee State University; and Powers Spencer, football at Sewanee: The University of the South.

west Honor Choir six times and All-State Honor Choir three times and was the pianist for the All-Northwest choir his freshman year. He earned first place in the state for Algebra II at the TMTA Math Competition and was the medalist in Honors Algebra II/Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors and AP ChemA song-writer and istry, and Spanish I and Honors Spanish III. performer, Kacee w Dana Viveros plans to major in zoology/biRussell will study ology at Union. She is a pianist and guitarist and music business at volunteered in the Middle School after-school art MTSU. program. Dana was a member of the Art Club and accepted into the Honors College. Trey was the French Club and participated in USJ’s Art Show varsity golf and varsity basketball captain, presiand the fashion show. dent of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, senior w Kaylie Wehner will major in pre-physical class chaplain, and a member of the National therapy at UT Knoxville. A softball player, she was Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and several a member of the two-time state championship other groups. Lady Bruins softball team and yearbook co-editor. w Ross Thomas, an AP Scholar, will attend w Christopher Weiner will major in social UT Knoxville to study biological sciences. He was work at the University of Missouri. He was a president of the Science National Honor Society member of the National Honor Society and chapand a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National lain of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Chris was naHonor Society, and several other groups. Ross tionally ranked in the National French Exam four participated in the Spanish immersion program in times, was named to the All-State, All-Northwest, Costa Rica. and Quad-State honor choirs, and was recognized w Peyton Vaughan, a four-year and founding for his acting talent in several USJ productions. member of the USJ Honor Council, will study w Grace Woodside, a graduate of Leadership pre-medicine at the University of Mississippi. He University, will attend the University of Missiswas Honor Council speaker, National Honor Sosippi. She was member of the varsity track and ciety president, and a member of Tri-M Music cross country teams, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science NaSociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Key Service Club, tional Honor Society, and Sociedad Honoraria Young Life, Operation Smile, choir, and Spanish Hispánica. He was a six-year member of the AllClub. She participated in USJ theater productions Northwest Honor Choir. and was a Symphony Ambassador. w John Villarreal will attend Union to major w Hannah Woodward will major in graphic in engineering. He was selected to the All-Northdesign at MTSU. She attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Visual Arts. Hannah’s artwork was accepted into the West Tennessee Regional Juried Art Competition in 2009 and 2012, and she won a Silver Key in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition in 2012. She was a member of the Art and Photography clubs and exhibited her artwork in the USJ art show and fashion show.

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Working math problems for St. Jude are, from left, Brianna Allen, Albanie Knight, Caroline Wilkerson, Halle Sawyer, Rowan Little, and Cate Hays.

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tudents from University School of Jackson Lower School students dedicated a day of fun, math, and memories to honor a teacher who died of cancer. Their + care for St. Jude concerted efforts set a fundraising record for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. = $66,307 In February, 2-year-olds through fifth graders parfor children with cancer ticipated in USJ’s “Dreaming of a Cure” Math-AThon and raised $66,307 — the largest individual Laura Moore, Lower School student advisor and amount in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon’s 35-year hisMath-A-Thon coordinator. tory. Wilford Busby, vice president of Center Opera“I’m speechless,” Moore said. “The St. Jude Mathtions for ALSAC, said that USJ has been a strong A-Thon was a cause dear to Kim’s heart. We have just partner that consistently places in the top 10 been blown away by the students’ response and the fundraising schools. (ALSAC is the fundraising and creative ways they have come up with to raise money. awareness organization for St. Jude.) “Children who participate in the St. Jude Math-A- Kim would be so proud of all their hard work.” Students raised money by collecting pledges for Thon are helping the doctors, nurses, and scientists the number of math problems they would complete save the lives of children all over the world,” Busby said. “When St. Jude makes a discovery, we will share during the Math-A-Thon in school. Some went doorto-door, some sold snacks at basketball games, and it with the entire world. Those discoveries are made some dreamed up other creative ways to raise money. possible because of your generous hearts.” Busby said that the Math-AUSJ students dedicated Every dollar at St. Jude Thon program is vital to the hostheir efforts to the memory pital’s fundraising efforts and that of Kim Yelverton, a former counts, and we thank the Lower School guidance students of USJ for another schools across the country have donated $425 million to date, counselor who died of which helps offset the $1.8 milpancreatic cancer last July. amazing year with the St. lion it costs to operate St. Jude “They amazed even Jude Math-A-Thon.” each day. “Every dollar at St. Jude themselves with the amount they raised,” said — Wilfred Busby, St. Jude counts, and we thank the students

of USJ for another amazing year with the St. Jude Math-A-Thon.” With Yelverton’s leadership, Lower School students have been leaders in raising money for the hospital through a Math-A-Thon every other year. In 2008, USJ had one of the most successful Math-AThons in the nation when it raised $34,683. “This has been a rewarding experience for our children to raise money for such a wonderful cause,” Moore said. “USJ is such a giving community, and I hope that this opportunity will inspire us all.” USJ’s focus on community service begins in the Lower School with activities like the St. Jude Math-aThon and continues through Middle School and the Upper School, where students must have 50 hours of community service credit in order to graduate. The Math-A-Thon is a great opportunity for teachers to introduce children to the importance of giving back to others, according to Busby. Thanks to the generosity of supporters and events like the Math-A-Thon, families at St. Jude never have to pay for anything, he said. “We were so touched by USJ’s decision to dedicate this year’s St. Jude Math-A-Thon to the memory of Mrs. Yelverton. She was truly a friend of St. Jude, and we are grateful to Mrs. Moore for leading such an emotional and uplifting campaign this year. Both of these ladies and the entire USJ community will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”

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