The Class of 2007

University School of Jackson is proud of its 2007 graduates and the choices they are making for the next stage of their lives in college. We invite you to meet the Class of 2007…

Dartmouth or Duke or Georgia Tech? After being accepted at several nationally
competitive colleges, Lauren Dowling, above right, had narrowed her choices to Dartmouth
or Duke. In the end, Dartmouth won out, and USJ’s valedictorian and National Merit Finalist will be attending the Ivy League school next
fall. Greg Updike, on the other hand, has decided to pursue his interest in engineering
at Georgia Institute of Technology. USJ’s
winner of the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award and a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership University, Greg also had acceptances at several colleges. April is an exciting month
at University School of Jackson as seniors receive letters from colleges and then wrestle with the decision on where to spend the
next important stage of their lives.

A member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, Haley Anderson won “Best Actress” for her Teen Theater role of Maria in The Sound of Music and USJ’s sophomore vocalist award. She participated in the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. Haley will attend Freed-Hardeman on scholarship.

Ernest Antwi, who plays football, plans to attend Lambuth University.

Simon Arcuri, a member of the state baseball champion team, has not yet decided on where he will attend college.

Anthony Baggett, a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club, will graduate USJ with a 4.0. He is a graduate of Haywood County’s youth leadership program. Anthony will attend Mississippi State University on an academic scholarship.

Thomas Baudo, a four-year member of the USJ honor choir and varsity football team, also is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was voted “Cutest” by the senior class. He has a choral/vocal scholarship at the University of Mississippi.

Chelsey Beal, who is graduating with high honors, is a Girls State delegate and a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir. She has accepted $50,000 in scholarships at Centre College in Kentucky.

Dane Beasley, who plays varsity football, will attend the University of Mississippi.

An Eagle Scout, Nathan Bell plays both varsity football and baseball and is a USJ singer. He will attend the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tanisha Berryman, vice president of her freshman class, was runner-up for the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award and has attended several workshops on leadership. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi.

Hunter Bratton, an AP Scholar and Boys State delegate, has more than 500 hours of community service. He will attend Wake Forest.

Laura Burton is president of the National Honor Society, a member of the soccer and track teams, a Girls State delegate, and a participant in the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. She will attend Brigham Young University.

J. Clay Clarkson is a member of USJ’s 2006 State Champion golf team. He will attend the University of Mississippi.

Levi Clarkson is a member of USJ’s 2006 State Champion golf team. He plans to attend the University of Mississippi.

A founding member of USJ’s trap shooting team, Lee Ann Coyne is a graduate of Leadership University, is president of the International Club, and was stage manager/assistant director of the Upper School fall play, Trickeries of Scapin. She plans to attend UT Chattanooga.

Frank Crocker, who spent his senior year studying abroad in Spain, is a member of USJ’s 2006 State Champion tennis team. He will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Katie Currie is a four-year member of the National Art Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. She was voted “Best All Around” by her peers. She will attend UT Knoxville.

A National Merit Finalist, Lauren Dowling will attend Dartmouth College. She has a 2360/2400 SAT score and won second in the state and third in the nation on the National Spanish Exam. Lauren is class valedictorian.

An Eagle Scout, Will Duke attended Vanderbilt’s PAVE program and won USAA math, leadership, and service awards. He will attend the University of Alabama.

An AP Scholar and Boys State delegate, Joey Easterling is a four-year member of the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. He sang on the All-Northwest and All-State Honor Choirs. Joey will attend Union University.

Thomas Egan, a National Merit Commended Student and AP Scholar, has a $22,000 per year scholarship at Tulane University. He attended Governor’s School for the Sciences last summer.

Ashika Odhav was accepted into the pre-med program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After earning a bachelor’s degree, she is guaranteed a spot in the medical school.

A member of Teen Court, Suzanne Emery attended Governor’s School for the Fine Arts and the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. She is a winner in the Congressional Art Competition. She will attend Samford University on scholarship.

Matthew Farris plays varsity football and basketball, and is a USJ choral student. He holds office in St. Mary’s Church youth group. Matthew will attend UT Knoxville.

Kacie Fite, yearbook editor, is captain of the volleyball team and an All-State volleyball player. She plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Ryan Flood, who studied abroad at the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica, is a member of the Spanish and Key clubs. He will study computer programming at Tennessee Tech.

Trae Forsythe played drums in the band for seven years and participated in several USJ theater productions. He will attend UT Martin.

Ashley Freeland, a Girls State delegate, is a member of this year’s All-State Honor Choir and a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir. An honor roll student, Ashley held office in several USJ organizations. She will attend Union University on scholarship.

D.J. Gastador, who participates in basketball and theater productions at USJ, plans to attend Auburn.

Will Glenn is a member of USJ’s State Champion baseball team and Mu Alpha Theta. Will won the physics medal in 2006. He has accepted $52,000 in scholarship from Louisiana State University.

Katie Graham, who is headed to St. Louis University, is a member of the track and cross country teams and the yearbook staff. She holds office in St. Mary’s Church youth group and is a member of the Southern Extreme Dance team.

Tate Gray, USJ’s Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, is an honor roll student and was named All-Region in football. Voted “Best All Around” by the senior class, he plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Will Hall plays varsity football and is a four-year member of the Chamber Choir. He is headed to UT Knoxville.

Katie Harper, a member of USJ’s varsity softball team for five years, also is on the 2005 State Runner-Up basketball team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. Katie plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Harrison Hayes, who has gone on a mission trip to Belize, is a YABA state champion in bowling. He was voted “Most Spirited” by his peers. He plans to attend MTSU.

Matthew Haynes is an Eagle Scout, a Boys State delegate, and Student Government Association president. He plans to attend Carnegie Mellon.

Carrie Beth Henson, a four-year volleyball player, also is a member of the track team and USJ’s Chamber Choir. She was voted “Wittiest” by the senior class. Carrie Beth will attend the University of Mississippi.

Hamed Heydari, a four-year soccer player, is a member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir and was voted “Best Personality.” He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Faith Hitchon, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, is a senior member of Ballet Arts and has attended several Nashville and Atlanta summer dance camps. Faith will attend Loyola University in New Orleans.

Several USJ student-athletes will continue to
play their sport in college. Clockwise from lower left, Megan Latimer has a softball scholarship
at UT Martin; Morgan Walley will attend
UT Martin on a soccer scholarship; Chris Muir
has a football scholarship at Delta State;
Becca Morris will attend Bryan College on a basketball scholarship; George Smith will play football at Rhodes on an academic scholarship; Billy Pacaccio has a soccer scholarship at Lambuth; and Josh Liles >has a scholarship to play baseball at UT Knoxville. Not pictured is David Hopper, who signed to play golf at Union.

David Hopper, who won the Bruin Award for golf four years in a row, is a member of USJ’s 2006 State Champion golf team. He has signed with Union to play golf.

Sarah Beth Hudson is a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, an alternate to the All-State Honor Choir, and a Homecoming class favorite. She plans attend the University of Memphis.

William Hutchison is a six-year member of the Jackson Youth Orchestra, a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He will attend the University of Mississippi on a choral and orchestra scholarship.

Landon Kail is a member of the first USJ trap team and several USJ clubs. His peers voted him “Most Changed.” He plans to attend the Citadel.

Aya Kato, a member of USJ’s State Champion girls doubles tennis team, won one gold and two silver keys in the Scholastic Art Competition. She also won first place in West Tennessee and second in the state in TMTA’s Algebra II competition. Voted “Most Talented,” Aya will attend Rhodes College on a fine arts scholarship.

Named All-Region in basketball, Haley King finished in the top 20 in the state golf tournament. She was voted “Most Outgoing” by the senior class. Haley plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Alex Kurth, a National Merit scholar and named All-West Tennessee in soccer, graduates with high honors. He competed six times in the National Piano Guild Competition. He will attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Janie LaFont was a model for Varsity Cheer Catalog for four years and a cover model for Inside Cheerleading magazine twice. She is a member of the Homecoming Court. Janie plans to study fashion design at Columbia College of Arts in Chicago.

Megan Latimer, USJ’s 2007 female representative in the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, is a member of the 2003 Class A State Tournament softball team and an eight-semester honor roll student. She will attend UT Martin on academic and softball scholarships.

A National Merit Commended Student, Andrew LeCroy is a varsity baseball player and earned the spot of first chair bass in the All-Northwest Tennessee Choir. He plans to attend Georgia Tech.

An AP Scholar, Misti Lewis is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir. She plans to attend Lambuth.

Will Lewis is a National Merit Commended Student and Presidential Scholar, and was named All-Region in football. His peers voted him “Most Likely to Succeed.” Will is class salutatorian and will attend UT?Knoxville.

Josh Liles, named to the 2004 and 2005 All-State baseball teams, will attend UT Knoxville on a full baseball scholarship. He also was named a 2004 and 2005 All-Region and All-West Tennessee football player.

Rand Martindale was a member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir for three years and the USJ Singers for four years. He will attend the University of Alabama.

Megan Mathis, who was accepted to the Governor’s School for the Visual Arts, was a cheerleader for two years and an Upwards cheerleader coach. She plans to attend the University of Alabama.

Melanie May won the Jackson Exchange Club ACE Award and the Bruin Award for cross country. She will attend Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., on an academic scholarship. Her peers voted her “Best Personality.”

Maggie McCalmon, a competitive cheerleader, is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Club. She plans to study pharmacy at the University of Mississippi.

Elizabeth McGee, a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, will attend Union University.

Marie-Catherine Mignault, a French foreign exchange student at USJ this year, has written a play and had a lead role in the play, Dead Poet’s Society. She plans to attend Dawson College in Montreal, Canada.

Becca Morris, named an All-State player in both basketball and softball, scored 1,811 career points in basketball at USJ – the second highest number of points in school history. A member of the National Honor Society, Becca will attend Bryan College on a basketball scholarship.

Christopher Muir, who will attend Delta State University on a football scholarship, is a four-year varsity football player. He also played baseball and ran track.

An All-State Orchestra member playing the oboe, Katharine Mullins is president of Students Against Destructive Decisions and a Girls State delegate. Katharine accepted more than $30,000 in scholarship to attend Mississippi College.

Kelly Nelson, a member of the varsity soccer and tennis teams and Mu Alpha Theta, attended the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. She is president of St. Mary’s youth group. Kelly plans to attend the University of Dallas.

An AP Scholar with Honors, Ashika Odhav has a second-degree black belt in Ninjutsu Martial Arts. She is a graduate of Leadership University and has volunteered more than 320 hours at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She was accepted into a six-year bachelor’s and medical degree program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Ashika is class essayist.

Captain of the soccer team and an All-Region soccer player, Billy Pacaccio accepted soccer and leadership scholarships at Lambuth University. He was the Runner-of-the-Year in cross country.

Justin Parrish, a member of the National Honor Society, won academic certificates for math, physical science, and chemistry. He will attend Mississippi State University on an academic excellence scholarship.

Drew Patterson, who is active in USJ fine arts activities, was assistant director for Pirates of Penzance, dance captain for High School Musical, and president of the Film Club. He won the “Rising Star” award for Twelfth Night. Drew plans to attend UT Martin.

Haley Phillips, Art Club secretary, is a member of the SGA Spirit Committee, Mu Alpha Theta, the bowling team, and several other organizations at USJ. She will attend Samford University.

Chris Pitcairn, a four-year soccer player, is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Art Honor Society. He has an alumni scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas.

Kara Powell, a member of the National Honor Society and French Club, also is a three-year member of the West Tennessee GCA cheer squad and the 2007 national championship squad. She will attend Mississippi State University on an academic excellence scholarship.

A member of the Homecoming Court all four years, Lauren Radicioni is a member of the National Art Honor Society and has won art awards. She was voted “Most Beautiful.” She plans to attend the University of Mississippi on academic scholarship.

Ann Raines, Homecoming class favorite, plays varsity volleyball and is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She will attend the University of Mississippi.

A four-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, Megan Seals is USJ’s writer for On the Ball Magazine and has worked nearly 300 hours of community service. She will attend UT Chattanooga.

Miss USJ and Homecoming Queen, Carrie Brown Smith was class vice president her junior and senior years and a delegate to Girls State. A four-year member of the varsity cheerleading squad, Carrie Brown will be a cheerleader at UT Knoxville.

Junior and senior class president, George Smith is an Eagle Scout, an All-State football player, and a member of the National Honor Society. He will attend Rhodes College on an academic scholarship and play football.

Volleyball player Lauren Smith was named to the 2005 All-West volleyball team, the 2006 All-District volleyball team, and the 2006 All-State volleyball second team. She plans to attend Union University.

Timothy Stewart, who plays golf and basketball, is an all-conference basketball player. He plans to attend Francis Marion University.

Chris Strazzella, a four-year member of the varsity basketball team, is team captain and Bruin Award winner this year. He’s also a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir and has worked more than 200 community service hours. Chris will attend the University of Memphis.

Adriana Subia was a varsity cheerleader and participated in USJ’s High School Musical. She helps to teach art at the Lower School. Adriana will attend UT Chattanooga.

A member of Sinfonia Strings Orchestra, Janie Sun is a four-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir. She sang with Belmont University’s choir and volunteers at a medical clinic. She will attend the University of Alabama.

Wade Thomson, an Eagle Scout, is a four-year varsity football player and won USJ’s achievement award in chemistry. He is headed to UT Chattanooga.

Kathryn Treneff, a National Merit Commended Student and a 2005 finalist for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition, was a winner in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination and studied at the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. She will attend UT Knoxville.

A member of the 2006 State Runner-Up soccer team, Ashley Turner also is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Art Honor Society. She will attend Bellarmine University on scholarship.

An AP Scholar, Josh Turner attended the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica last summer and was freshman class president. He plans to study nursing at Union University.

Gregory Updike, National Merit Commended Student and Spanish Club president, attended the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica and was named “Best Actor” in two USJ plays. Greg won the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award and was one of two youth representatives for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. He is headed to Georgia Tech.

Morgan Walley, a Girls State delegate, is a member of the 2006 All-State soccer team, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Art Honor Society. She will play soccer at UT Martin on academic and athletic scholarships.

John Watts, a graduate of Haywood County’s youth leadership program, has held several class offices, is a four-year honor roll student, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has received several scholarships, including full tuition, to attend the University of Alabama.

Mac Weaver, an Eagle Scout, studied at Oxford University. He will attend the University of Mississippi.

Taylor West, a band member for seven years, has won numerous acting awards. He attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in Theater. He will attend Hendrix College.

Caroline Yelverton, who was accepted to the Orpheum Theater’s Summer Institute, is a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir and won a USJ “Best Actress” award. She will attend Murray State University.

Meera Yogesh attended the Intensa Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and several USJ academic honor societies and will work as a page with State Sen. Roy Herron this month at the Tennessee General Assembly. Meera will attend Lambuth University.

Rachel Young, a four-year volleyball player, is team captain and was named to All-Region and All-Tournament volleyball teams. She is yearbook editor and was voted “Most Spirited” by her peers. She will attend MTSU.

Reid Young is a six-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir and a four-year member of the football team. Reid was class president for two years and ran track for three years. He will attend MTSU.