The Class of 2006

Mark Akin, All-State Honor Choir and AP Scholar, attended Governor’s School for the Arts in Music for Percussion and was voted “Most Talented.” He will attend Belmont University.

Jared Bell, an AP Scholar, placed third in the State Envirothon competition in the soils category. He will attend Louisiana State University.
n Molly Bingham, who was voted “Cutest” by her class and was a Class Favorite at Homecoming, played softball and volleyball. She will attend UT Knoxville.

Jessica M. Bond, a certified lifeguard, is in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students. Before transferring to USJ for her senior year, she represented Haywood High School at the Business Professionals of America Conference. Jessica plans to attend the University of Memphis.

Cal Bowen, a National Merit Finalist, founded USJ’s Students on Fire, a Bible study group. Cal won the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award. He will attend the University of Mississippi on an academic scholarship.

Elizabeth Brown was Student Government Association secretary, National French Honor Society president, and a Girls’ State delegate. Her class voted her “Best to Take Home to Parents.” She will attend Rhodes College on an academic scholarship.

Luke Burleson, captain of the football team and an AP Scholar with Honors, was named USJ Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year by the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame. Luke, who also was voted “Mr. USJ,” will attend Union University on the Dean’s Scholar Award.

Oliver Butler, who has volunteered many hours in Jackson Madison-County General Hospital’s radiology department, will attend Jackson State Community College.

Catherine Camp is a vocalist at Kincaid-Gooch Studios and a Jackson Symphony Ambassador. She will attend UT Chattanooga.

Nicole Carver, a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership University, is SGA vice president. She was voted “Most Spirited” by her class and was a Class Favorite for Homecoming. She will attend Middle Tennessee State University.

Branden Cox, a member of the Tri-M (music) Honor Society, was named Best Supporting Actor for USJ’s Murder in the House of Horrors and “Most Outstanding Sophomore Band Student.” He received the Don LaFont Sportsmanship Award. Branden will attend High Point University in North Carolina.

Bailey Crowder won the Silver Key Award in the National Scholastic Art Competition and other art honors. She participated in school musicals and was voted “Most Likely to be Remembered” by her classmates. Bailey will attend the University of Mississippi.

Kristen Currie, a National Merit Commended student, is SGA chaplain and cheerleading captain. Kristen, who was voted “Cutest” by her classmates, will study nursing at Samford University on scholarships.

Rebekah Davis, treasurer of the senior class, cheerleading captain, yearbook editor, and Bible Club president, will attend Mississippi State on an academic scholarship.

Will Dement, who played football and baseball at USJ, was football team captain and named All-Region/Punter of the Year for football. A Life Scout, Will was a three-year selection for the All-West Tennessee Honor Choir and named an All-State Honor Choir alternate this year. He will attend Union University on a baseball scholarship.

Russ Duck, a National Merit Commended student and an AP Scholar, was team captain and named All-Region for football. He will play football at Rhodes College on the Presidential Scholarship.

Allison East, who received third and sixth place in the 3200-meter relay at the Spring Fling in 2002 and 2003 respectively, also was a four-year member of the volleyball team, which went to state each year. Allison will attend Louisiana State University.

Worth Eubanks culminated his performances in eight USJ theater and musical productions with the role of Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie this spring. Worth, a Chamber Leadership University graduate, plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Allan Farrington-Hess, who participated in the Jackson Youth Orchestra for four years, is treasurer of the Spanish Club and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. He will attend UT Martin.

Cory Ferrell, goalie for USJ’s soccer team, is new to USJ this year. At his former school, he won an academic award in math, and was captain of his lacrosse team his junior year. Cory will attend Tennessee Wesleyan College on a soccer scholarship.

Katy Fisher, an honor roll student throughout high school, was voted “Friendliest” and was a Class Favorite at Homecoming. She placed third in the 2005 TSSAA Cheerleading Competition. Katy plans to attend Samford University.

Kate Gardner, a Chamber Leadership University graduate and Leadership University spokesperson, was voted “Most Flirtatious” by her class. She played Annie, in Annie, Jr. Kate will attend UT Chattanooga.

Nicholas Glover, who received the Scholastic Art and Writing Award, won a National Gold Key in art. Nick, a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, was freshman class president. He will attend Arizona State University.

Elizabeth Graves, who has 11 years of classical piano training, worked with Nicaraguan orphans through church-organized missions. A member of the National Honor Society, Elizabeth will attend Belmont University.

Jake Hanson, a USJ baseball player and a member of the Envirothon regional first-place team, was voted “Most Friendly” by his class. He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Jimmy Henson, a member of the USJ baseball team for four years and voted “Wittiest” by his class, will attend UT Chattanooga.

Beth Herriman, who competed in the State Envirothon for four years, participated in seven theatrical productions and was a member of the USJ softball team that won third place in the state. Beth will attend UT Chattanooga.

Will Hudson, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Art Honor Society, is a Silver Key winner in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition. He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Sam Ivy, voted “Best Personality” by his class, played football and baseball in high school. An honor roll student, Sam will attend UT Knoxville.

Alex Kim, who helps manage his family’s Jackson Bowling and Family Fun Center, will study business at Lambuth.

Megan Klipfel, Senior Class president and Girls’ State delegate, was USJ’s nominee for the Wendy’s Heisman Award. She was voted “Best All-Around” by her class. Megan plans to run track at Wofford College.

Alex Kovalic, a Headmaster’s Scholar with a GPA higher than 4.0, was selected to the All-District team in basketball for two years and received first place in Advanced Algebra in the TMTA Regional Math Competition. He is a member of several scholastic honor societies. Alex will attend Rhodes College on the Presidential Scholarship.

Emily Lonon placed third in Small Varsity at the TSSAA Cheerleading State Competition her senior year and placed first in the competition her sophomore year. She was in the All-West Honor Choir and will attend UT Chattanooga.

Will Magee, a USTA-ranked tennis player and one of 18 players to represent Tennessee in the 2005 Southern Open, will be on a tennis scholarship at UT Martin.

Neena Malik, who is graduating with high honors, was a member of the state runner-up girls’ tennis team for three years. Neena is SGA treasurer and attended Governors’ School for the Sciences. She will attend Northwestern University.

Ward Martindale, an All-District, All-Region, and All-West Tennessee basketball player, is USJ’s all-time leading scorer in basketball. He was voted “Most Athletic” by his class. Ward will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Laurel Meriwether, who was voted “Miss USJ,” is SGA president, Girls’ State delegate, and a member of the All-State Choir. She will attend Lambuth University on the Hyde Scholarship.

Rendell Mitchell, vice president of the sophomore class, is a Chamber Leadership University graduate, four-year football player, and three-year member of the band. He will attend Tuskegee University.

Melissa Morrison, voted “Wittiest” by her class, was a member of the 2005 Class A State Runner-Up basketball team and the 3200-meter relay team that placed sixth in the state in 2003. She will attend the University of Mississippi.

Spencer Nelson, an All-District and All-West Tennessee baseball player, will attend Volunteer State on a baseball scholarship.

David Pappis, who played football at USJ, competed in the 2006 Regional Envirothon and aided in Hurricane Katrina relief. He will attend Jackson State.

Emily Parrish, a member of the National, Art, and Spanish honor societies, played volleyball for four years. She has spent more than 11 weeks on foreign and local mission trips. Voted “Most Beautiful” by her class, Emily will attend Austin Peay State University on an academic scholarship.

Paritosh Patel, who participated in many community service projects and clubs at USJ while holding down a part-time job, will attend UT Knoxville.

Greg Pearson, who attended Governors’ School for the Arts in Vocal Performance, participated in 10 USJ plays and musicals. He was selected to All-West Honor Choir and All-Northwest Honor Choir for five consecutive years. Greg will attend Southeast Missouri State on a Regional Merit Scholarship and Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship for Theater and Dance.

Luke Presley, who attended Governors’ School for the Arts in Visual Art, won a Silver Key Award in the National Scholastic Art Contest. A member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, Luke will attend Belmont University.

John Saint Georges, soccer player and cross-country runner, was a counselor and raft guide at Blue Ridge Mountains Council in Virginia. He will attend Pellissippi State.

Laura Salazar, an All-State Choir member and Red Cross volunteer, has performed at Carnegie Hall. She has acted in numerous USJ theater productions. Laura will attend St. Louis University.

Tyler Salvucci, who placed in the top five at the TMTA Math competition for the past four years, was selected to Who’s Who Among American High School Students for four years. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society. Tyler will major in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech.

Justin Schmidt, a competitive swimmer, enjoys working on his family’s farm and serving as a deacon at church. Justin will study engineering at Purdue University.

Amanda Schomer, Lower School yearbook editor, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. The stage manager for three fall plays, Amanda will attend Florida Southern College.

Rorik Seth, a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Spanish Honor Society, and the Art Honor Society, will attend Rhodes College.

Blake Shaver, a USJ student for 14 years, played basketball and won the Bruin Award his senior year. He plans to major in pre-law at UT Chattanooga.

Zach Smith, who competed in the regional Envirothon, played football and baseball. He was named Player of the Week twice by WNWS 101.5 FM. Zach will attend UT Chattanooga.

Kayla Stanfill, a volunteer for the Jackson Cerebral Palsy Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program, is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and other clubs. She will attend The University of the South.

Jamison Stewart, who is new to USJ this year, runs cross country and plays varsity soccer. Jamison will study ministry at Union University.
n Addie Stone, who ran track for four years, was a member of the state 4x8 relay team for three years and the state 4x4 relay team for two years. She also played basketball and was a member of the 2005 state runner-up basketball team. She will attend the University of Mississippi.

Joanna Suddath, an All-State volleyball player, was voted “Most Athletic” by her class. President of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society, she will attend Wofford College on an athletic scholarship.

Julia Suddath, co-captain of the volleyball team, is a member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society and was voted “Best Personality” by the senior class. Julia will attend Wofford College on academic and leadership scholarships.

Audra Taylor was a member of the 2005 state runner-up basketball team and the Spanish Honor Society. She was selected to the Homecoming court for four years and was voted “Most Beautiful” by her class. Audra will attend Belmont University.

Jon Taylor, an Eagle Scout and Leadership University graduate, is soccer team captain and an honor student. He will attend The University of the South.

William Teague, member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, was recognized on the National Honor Roll and by Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students. He will attend UT Knoxville.

Amanda Thompson, a five-year member of the varsity golf team, was named Tennessee’s Player of the Year for golf in the Vince Gill 15 to 18-year-old division. Voted “Most Outgoing” by her class, Amanda will attend Montreat College on a golf scholarship.

Charles Thompson, who played saxophone in the band for four years, attended the National Youth Leadership Conference on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. He ran track and was captain of the cross-country team. He will attend the University of Memphis.

Sonja Tomlin, a four-year member of Ballet Arts Inc., graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership University and attended Governors’ School for the Arts in Ballet. A member of the French Honor Society, Sonja will attend Agnes Scott Women’s College on an academic scholarship.

Alex Treneff is the owner of his own business in which he manufactures and sells model airplane kits. He serves as the webmaster for a model airplane club, played football, and volunteers at Skyfest Charity Air Shows. Alex will attend Middle Tennessee State University.

Clair Underwood, a member of SADD and the Key Club, also was a member of the fifth-place State Envirothon team. She will attend the University of Mississippi.

Grant Wallace, who attended Governors’ School for the Arts in Voice, has performed in numerous USJ and community theater productions. A Boys’ State delegate and AP Scholar with Honors, he was selected to the All-State Honor Choir for three years. Grant will study voice at the Blair School of Vanderbilt University.

Rebecca Wells, a member of the All-West Honor Choir for four years, participated in all of USJ’s stage productions and was a founding member of the Awana program at Christ Community Church. Rebecca will attend the University of the South.

Danielle White, a four-year softball team member and competitive cheerleader, attended USJ for 13 years. A member of SADD and the Film Club, she plans to attend Jackson State Community College.

Spencer Williams, noted for his perfect attendance at school since first grade, won the bowling championship in 2004 and was runner-up in 2006. He will attend Union University on a Tennessee Baptist Convention Scholarship.

Karen Wong, a National Merit Scholar, is a six-time Piano Guild National Member with superior ratings, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and Senior Class vice president. Karen will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sam Woods, who is an AP Scholar with Honors, played football, basketball, and baseball for four years and won several academic awards at USJ. Voted “Best-All-Around” by the senior class, Sam will attend Vanderbilt University.