The Class of 2009

University School of Jackson presents the Class of 2009. Listed after each student’s name are some highlights of the student’s high school accomplishments and the college he or she will attend.

Several students chose to attend honors programs at state colleges, including, left to right, Elizabeth Crowder, Louisiana State; Anne Marie Graham, University of Georgia, Michael McDaniel, Tennessee Tech; Alex Blanton, Mississippi University for Women; Danny Smigielski, University of Alabama; and Ashley Smith,University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Cheryl Alexander, a varsity cheerleader for three years, is also a member of the National Art Honor Society. She will attend UT Martin.

Richard Altfeld attended high
school in Israel his junior year. He had lead roles this year in two USJ plays. Richard will attend Indiana University in Bloomington.

Katherine Anthony, a Volunteer Girls State delegate, is president of the French National Honor Society and a four-year varsity cheerleader. She will attend the University of the South/Sewanee.

Andres Arreaza is Spanish Club president, a member of the National Honor Society, and on the honor roll. He will attend UT Knoxville.

Karter Atkins, a member of the varsity soccer team, plans to attend Jackson State Community College.

Brad Barclay played USJ baseball for four years. He won his first drag race at Memphis Motorsports Park when he was 16. Brad plans to attend UT Martin.

Todd Bateman, a Boys State alternate, was named to the 2008 All-West Tennessee Second Team and the 2008 All-Region Team for football. Todd was Homecoming King. He will attend UT Knoxville.

Amanda Beal, who plans to attend Asbury College in Kentucky, is Bible Club vice president. She was selected to the All-Northwest Honor Choir three times and received USJ’s “With a Song in My Heart” Award.

Katherine Bell, a five-year varsity golf player, was a member of USJ’s 2008 state championship golf team and was named All-State in golf the same year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She has signed to play golf at Tennessee Technological University.

Rebecca Bell is a member of the yearbook staff, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. She will attend Louisiana State University.

Shelby Black, co-captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, was a cheerleader for four years. Shelby won USJ’s rising junior artist and rising senior artist awards. She will attend Union University.

Alexandra Blanton, AP Environmental Science medalist, was a member of the regional and state Envirothon teams. Alex won the Lambuth Art Merit Award and is secretary of the National Art Honor Society and Art Club. She will attend Mississippi University for Women.

Alex Camp, a four-year varsity soccer player, was selected to the All-Northwest Honor Choir four years in a row. He is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and went to Costa Rica for two summers to study Spanish. He plans to attend the University of Mississippi.

Lorrie Carlisle plans to attend Lambuth University on a soccer scholarship. An honor roll student, she was voted “Most Athletic” by her peers.

Emma Centurion, Class Essayist, won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Competition. A 4.0 honor roll student, Emma is president of the National Spanish Honor Society and historian of the National Honor Society. She will attend UT Knoxville.

Connor Gilroy, who will attend the University of Chicago, is one of three USJ National Merit Finalists. He scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Gillis Chandler was a varsity football player for four years,
a baseball player for two years, and a member of the bowling team. He also participated in the ping-pong club. He plans to play ball at Jackson State Community College.

Elizabeth Crowder, a National Merit Commended student, was named All-State in soccer for both 2007 and 2008 and was named The Jackson Sun’s Goalkeeper of the Year for 2008 in soccer. An artist, Elizabeth also won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Competition. A Wendy’s Heisman High School Scholar, Elizabeth will attend Louisiana State University.

Jared Davis, a varsity baseball player, was a member of
the 2008 All-West Tennessee First Team and elected to the 2009 National Team for the Southeast Region by baseballclearinghouse.net. He was selected “Best Personality” by his peers. Jared will attend Union University.

Cole Dement was a member of the Envirothon team. He played varsity golf for two years and was on the trap team for three years. He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Grant Diffee, a member of the National Honor Society, was named All-Region in football and played varsity basketball four years. He plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Blair Duke, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and an honor roll student, has volunteered more than 470 hours of community service. She was a counselor in training at the Girl Scout’s Camp Hazlewood. She will attend Mississippi State University.

Anna Evans, a Volunteer Girls State delegate, is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She was voted “Best Personality” by the senior class. She will attend UT Martin.
n Ross Ferrell was a varsity football player and on the Envirothon team. He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Benjie Fesmire, a Leadership University graduate, was named All-State, First Team, in baseball in 2007. Benjie is a member of the National Honor Society and is a six-year veteran of the All-Northwest Honor Choir. A Wendy’s Heisman High School Scholar, he will attend Union University.

Zach Fisher, a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, won the 2007-2008 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award from the American Red Cross. He will attend the College of Architecture and Design at UT Knoxville.

Aly Giddens, a varsity basketball player, earned honorable mention on the All-West Tennessee team for basketball. She is a member of the French Club, SADD Club, Key Club, and Junior Nationals Basketball Team. Aly will attend Union University.

Stephen Gilley, an Eagle Scout, is a Leadership University graduate. He was captain of the varsity football team and a Boys State delegate. Stephen will attend Rhodes College with an academic scholarship.

Emily Gilmour and Laura Micetich are headed to Canada. Emily will attend McGill in Montreal, and Laura will attend the University of British Columbia.

Emily Gilmour is secretary of the Student Government Association, vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, president of the French Club, and vice president of the National Honor Society. Emily will attend McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Connor Gilroy, Class Valedictorian, is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He also was third chair flute in the All-West Senior High Blue Band and won first place in the state in the TMTA geometry competition. He plays in the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. Connor will attend the University of Chicago.

Jack Glenn played baseball for USJ for four years and was on the second-place team in the regional Envirothon. He will attend Louisiana State University.

Ann Marie Graham, Class Salutatorian and a National Merit Finalist, won four Silver Keys, one Gold Key, and a second place in the Senior Division of the Scholastic Art Awards. She was Homecoming Queen and won the Bill Moss Vanderbilt Award as a junior. She will attend the University of Georgia.

Sam Grant, an eight-year member of the Bruin Band, won the 2009 National Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Sam was a member of the FIRST Robotics Liberty Team, which won the Regional Rookie All-Star Award and Regional Finalist No. 2 Award. Sam will attend Jackson State Community College.

Hewitt Hanafee, yearbook editor, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club. An honor roll student, Hewitt will attend the University of Miami in Florida.

Justin Harrison, a four-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir, is Student Government Association chaplain and a member of the National Honor Society. He is a junior volunteer at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Justin will attend Union University.

Chris Haynes was a lineman on the varsity football team for four years and was named Defensive Runner-up All-Region for football. He was a member of the Envirothon team. He will attend Mississippi State University.

Thomas Head, a National Merit Commended Scholar, won first place in precalculus at the Regional TMTA Math Contest. Thomas is chaplain of the National French Honor Society and a three-year member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of both the All-Northwest Honor Choir and All-West Band. He will attend Birmingham-Southern College.

Elizabeth Hooper was a varsity cheerleader and co-captain her senior year. She will attend the University of Memphis.

Logan Jolley, a Leadership University graduate, was a five-year member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir and was chosen for the All-State Choir. She will attend Middle Tennessee State University.

Rachel Kirkendol logged more than 1,100 community service hours at West Tennessee Healthcare. A member of the National Honor Society, she attended USJ for 14 years. She will attend Union University.

Karissa Kramer had her artwork accepted into the Humboldt juried art competition and received the art award during her junior and sophomore year. Karissa attended the Memphis College of Art last summer. She will attend Middle Tennessee State University.

Lauren Layman participated in cheerleading nationals in Orlando, Florida, during her sophomore and junior years. She will attend Union University.

Trey Lynch, an Eagle Scout and Leadership University graduate, had artwork accepted into the West Tennessee Regional Student Art Contest and the UT Martin Student Art Show. He plans to attend UT Martin.

Hunt Magee is Senior Class president and a four-year member of the varsity tennis team. He helped USJ win two state tennis championships. Hunt is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend Union University.

Katie Mansfield, a member of the National Honor Society, was named All-District and All-Region in volleyball in both her junior and senior years. She was voted “Wittiest” by the senior class. Katie is attending UT Knoxville and received the Volunteer Scholarship.

Allisson Mansur, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, is on the tennis team and active in First United Methodist youth group. After he returns to Brazil, he plans to apply to colleges in the United States.

Douglas Mathis, an Eagle Scout, was part of a mission team to help rebuild New Orleans. Douglas played church league basketball and was named “Cutest” by the senior class. He plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Michael McDaniel, a four-year starter on the varsity soccer team, is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Art Honor Society. He also played varsity golf four years. Michael will attend Tennessee Technological University.

Both Zach Fisher and Thomas McKnight plan to be architects. Zach is attending the College of Architecture and Design at UT Knoxville, while Thomas will study architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Lauren McGee was selected for the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir three times and is treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She plans to attend Union University.

Thomas McKnight, an Eagle Scout, attended the Tennessee Governors School for the Visual Arts. A four-year soccer player, he was captain his senior year. He is president of the National Art Honor Society and vice president of the French Honor Society. He will attend the University of Arkansas.

Sydney McVay, an honor roll student and soccer player, was a member of USJ’s 2007 state runner-up soccer team. She will attend the University of Arkansas.

Laura Micetich, president of the Student Government Association, was stage manager for the high school musical department and participated in 12 different Upper and Middle School musicals. She also helped with USJ summer theater camps. She will attend the University of British Columbia.

Dustin Nichols is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. He will attend UT Chattanooga.

Eduardo Ocampo, a foreign exchange student from Colombia, is a member of the varsity soccer team and is active in Young Life. After he returns to Colombia, he plans to apply to colleges in the United States.

Agnes Oshiro attended Tennessee Governors School for the Sciences and is a member of the orchestra and band. She will attend the University of California at Davis.

Alisha Patel, a Key Club and SADD Club member for four years, is Key Club vice president and was a Homecoming Senior Class representative. Active in the Hin-du Temple, she will attend the University of Memphis.

Jordan Perchik, a four-year member of the varsity tennis team, was president of the class for both his sophomore and junior years and chancellor of the Comic Book Club. His peers voted him Mr. USJ. An AP Scholar, Jordan will attend Rhodes College.

Alexandra (Lexie) Poole is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She will attend Emerson College in Boston.

Will Purcell, a varsity football and soccer player, was the 2008 Region 8-2A Football Kicker of the Year and 2008 All-West Tennessee 1st Team Football Kicker of the Year. His peers voted him “Best to Take Home to Parents.” He will attend Mississippi State University.

Sloane Roberts volunteered many hours at Humboldt General Hospital. He plans to major in computer science at UT Chattanooga.

Nick Schmidt, named Swimmer of the Year in 2008, will attend Johns Hopkins University and be a member of the college swim team. In swimming, Nick also was a sectional regional qualifier, a Southeastern regional qualifier, and a Memphis Swim Conference champion.

Marshall Seals, a graduate of Leadership University, is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He was a member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir six years in a row. He will attend UT Knoxville.

Parwinder Singh wrote poems for the yearbook and was active in the art club. He plans to attend Jackson State Community College.

Artem Slyusarenko, a varsity soccer player, plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Danny Smigielski, a Boys State delegate, was All-State in football his junior and senior years and All-Region in soccer his junior year. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Danny will attend the University of Alabama.

Ashley Smith, a National Achievement Commended Scholar, is president of the National Honor Society and was named Miss USJ by her peers. Ashley won a scholarship from the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame and was given a Sports Orthopedics & Spine Scholar Athlete Award. Ashley plans to attend UT Knoxville.

Nicholas Stuart, a four-year varsity soccer and football player, is an honor roll student and a member of the USJ Singers. He won academic awards in Algebra I and Physics. He will attend Mississippi State University.

Jamie Updike, a three-year member of the volleyball team, was co-captain her senior year. Jamie was the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award winner her sophomore year and is treasurer of Students Against Destructive Decisions. She will attend Xavier University in Cincinnati on scholarship.

Andrew Wagner, a National Merit Finalist, is vice president of the Student Government Association and was given a “Best Actor” award. He will attend Wheaton College in Illinois.

Clayton Williams was selected to the All-Northwest Honor Choir each year since seventh grade. He is a two-year member of the USJ Chamber Choir, was president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society his junior year, and participated in many musical productions. Clayton will attend Union University.

Andrew Williamson, an Eagle Scout, was a volunteer at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Andrew is a member of the tennis team. He attended the Language Institute in Costa Rica for two summers. Andrew will attend Auburn University.

John Wills, a varsity baseball player, was named to the All-West Team and All-Tournament Team in 2008 and the All-West Tournament Team in 2007 when he also was named the tournament’s most valuable player. John will play baseball at Jackson State Community College.

Natalie Wilson, a Leadership University graduate and Student Government Association treasurer, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston. She logged more than 700 community service hours. She was selected to the All-Northwest Honor Choir six times. Natalie will attend Belmont University.

Mallory Yancey, co-editor of the yearbook and Key Service Club president, was named All-District in basketball. Mallory plans to major in nursing at Union University.

Rachel Young is a cheerleader, secretary of the Senior Class, and a member of Young Life. She will attend the University of Memphis.