The Class of 2011

University School of Jackson is proud to present the Class of 2011. Listed after each student’s name are some highlights of the student’s high school accomplishments and the college he or she plans to attend.


  • Madeline Adams will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta, the Art Club, and the National Art Honor Society. She is historian of the Spanish Club and a member of the National Honor Society.
  • Zachary Austin, president of Mu Alpha Theta, attended Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. He also received the academic medal for the highest grade in AP Chemistry. Zach will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Evan Baker, a National Merit Commended Student, is a founding member and president of USJ’s Chemistry Club and a charter member and chapllain of the Science National Honor Society. Evan won the Xerox Award for Innovation in Technology. He will attend the University of Rochester.
  • Taylor Barclay was a key player on USJ’s 2010 Division IIA state champion softball team. Taylor was named the tournament’s Most Valuable player and was selected for the 2010 Tennessee Sportswriters First Team All-State. Taylor plans to play softball at the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Samantha Blanton, Chemistry Club historian, is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Samantha will attend Tennessee Technological University.
  • David Ross Blurton, a four-year varsity football player, was named to the 2010 Division IIA All-West/All-District Honorable Mention football teams. He also is a member of the French Club and the Haywood County Young Guns Skeet Club, which won the state championship in 2010. David plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
  • Shida Bonakdar, a member of the National Art Honor Society, won the MCA Award at USJ’s 2010 fashion show. She was voted “Most pkely to be Remembered” by her peers. Shida will attend Fontbonne University in St. Louis.
  • Elizabeth Breeden, a four-year varsity cheerleader and a team captain, was selected as a UCA All-American Cheerleader to perform in London’s New Years Day parade. Elizabeth was a Homecoming class representative twice, a Jackson Symphony ambassador for four years, and active in Young Life. Elizabeth will major in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University.
  • Thomas Burton, an Eagle Scout, attended Governor’s School for the Sciences. He placed first in the region and eighth in the state in the Tennessee Math Teachers Association math contest in Algebra II. He received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Laura Butler, senior class secretary, is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She played varsity soccer for three years and ran track for two years. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Chloe Cantor, a four-year varsity cheerleader, is a member of the National Honor Society and USJ Concert Choir. She participated in the Spanish immersion trip to Costa Rica. Chloe will attend Mississippi State.
  • Courtney Cape, captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, is a three-time UCA All-American Cheerleader and was selected to become a UCA staff instructor this summer. Courtney also is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership University. She will attend Southern Methodist University.
  • Gene Crews played varsity baseball for two years, and he is a member of the International Club. Gene will attend St. petersburg College in Florida.
  • Alex Crossett, Chemistry Club vice president, is the percussion section leader in USJ’s band. He was the bowpng team captain for two years. Alex will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Meredith Crowder was a member of USJ’s state runner-up cross-country team in 2008 and was named to the 2010 All-Region cross-country team. Meredith will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Avery Cunningham, an AP scholar, will attend the Honors College program at DePaul University in Chicago. Avery attended writers’ institutes at both Washington University in St. Louis and Barnard College. She was a People To People Student Ambassador to Europe.
  • Mahmood Dardas, president of USJ’s Science National Honor Society and treasurer of the International Club, won the Academic Excellence Award in physics. He is a junior volunteer at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Mahmood will attend Purdue University.
  • Kelsey Darnall, a four-year member of the 4.0 honor roll, was a Volunteer Girls State delegate and named a Tennessee Leader of Tomorrow. Kelsey was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir four times and is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Luke David, a four-year varsity football player, was football captain his senior year, named to the All-Region team his junior and senior years, and named to the All-State second team his senior year. Luke also was a member of the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir. He will attend Murray State University.
  • Chase Davis plans to attend UT Chattanooga. He was voted “Cutest” by his peers.
  • Kaleigh Davis, a member of USJ’s 2010 state championship softball team, was a Homecoming class representative twice, was voted “Most Beautiful” by her peers, and was on the yearbook staff two years. Kaleigh will attend Mississippi State.
  • Guy Dement, a USJ student for 13 years, was a member of USJ’s trap team for two years. He will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Harrison Donahoe, who will attend Rhodes College, is a charter member of USJ’s National Science Honor Society. He was the manager for the basketball team and an Honor Council representative. He placed second in the nation for the French National Contest for French I.
  • Christopher Elizer, who will attend UT Knoxville, is a member of USJ’s cross-country, track, and inline hockey teams. He was named to the Tennessee All-State Choir twice and All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir six times. Christopher, freshman and sophomore class president, was named “Wittiest” by his peers.
  • Davis Exum placed 19th in the state cross-country meet and qualified for state competition in track as a member of USJ’s 4x800 meter relay team. His peers voted him “Most Likely to Be Remembered.” He will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Kasey Fleming, a five-year member of the softball team, was on USJ’s 2010 state championship team and named to the 2010 All-West Tennessee team. Kasey is a member of the National Honor Society and SADD Club. She will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Morgan Garner was a varsity cheerleader for three years and named to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir twice. She is historian of the Environmental Club. Morgan is attending Mississippi State.
  • Taylor Gaston, a four-year varsity cheerleader, was named a UCA All-American Cheerleader her junior and senior years. She was in the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir three times. Taylor is president of the Environmental Club and on the 3.5 honor roll. She will attend King College.
  • Matt Giampapa played football and participated in school musicals all four years of high school. He was nationally ranked as a long snapper in football and named to the All-West Tennessee/All-Jackson Sun Honorable Mention football team. He is an honor roll student. Matt will play football at Michigan State.
  • Anna Giddens, yearbook editor, is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. Her peers voted her “Most Changed.” Anna is attending Mississippi State.
  • Tucker Goodwin, who will attend UT Knoxville, is a member of Young Life, the Wolves Soccer Club, and the Spanish Club. He plays inline hockey and is active in his youth group at West Jackson Baptist Church. Tucker has owned and operated his own lawn care business for five years.
  • Shane Greene, a member of the National Thespian Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Shane will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Rebekah Grubbs, a Volunteer Girls State delegate, received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. She is a member of the Student Government Association and attended a National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. Rebekah will attend Samford University.
  • Grady Hall, a four-year varsity football player, was captain his senior year. Grady is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta and played varsity basketball three years. He will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Alexandra Harlan received the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing and has published a poem. She is vice president of the SADD Club, chaplain of the National Art Honor Society and National English Honor Society, and a member of the National Honor Society. She received the academic medal in AP European History and U.S. History. Alexandra will attend Rhodes.
  • Rachel Harmon, a four-year member of the 3.5 honor roll, is vice president of the Environmental Club and a member of the National Art Honor Society. She participated in a National Young Leaders Conference. Rachel will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Mark Carson Harris was a three-year member of the USJ varsity golf team and a two-time qualifier for the Tennessee State Amateur Golf Tournament. In 2009, his team placed second in the State Championship Tournament. He was also a member of the 2008 state runner-up soccer team. Mark Carson will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Olivia Harrison participated in several USJ musicals, community service projects, and Project Acts, a local mission trip. She received the Pastor’s Referral Award from Union. Olivia will attend Union University.
  • Audrey Hazlehurst was an All-State violinist and named All-State in cross-country four years in a row. She is vice president of the Student Government Association and won a Best of Mixed Media award in a regional art competition. Audrey will run cross-country at Union University.
  • Carly Hill, a seven-year member of Ballet Arts, attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in Dance. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and National English Honor Society. The UT Alumni Association recognized her as a Tennessee Leader of Tomorrow. She will attend Belmont University.
  • Russell Hollman is president of the Spanish Club and vice president of the Science National Honor Society. He attended a National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security. Russell will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Rebecca Hooper, a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, placed first in the State Envirothon in the groundwater management category and received the 2010 Ecology Award. Rebecca will attend Eckerd College.
  • Grace Howard, a Volunteer Girls State delegate, was named to the Tennessee All-State Choir. She was junior class president and is active in Fellowship Student Ministries. Grace will attend Auburn University.
  • David Howell is a member of the French Club and bowling team. He will attend Union University.
  • Sara Ivy, who will be in the Chancellor’s Honors program at UT Knoxville, is starting college with 30 semester hours from UT as dual credit courses. She studied Mandarin for two years and attended the Governor’s School for Math and Science twice.
  • Jade James-Gist, a finalist in the College Board’s National Achievement competition, will attend the University of California at Berkeley. Jade has been a violinist in the Jackson Youth Orchestra since eighth grade. She is president of the National Art Honor Society and Art Club and a member of Jack and Jill, Inc.
  • Rebecca Johnston was a member of USJ’s state championship tennis team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta and has been on the honor roll. She is attending Mississippi State.
  • Christian Krause was a member of the robotics team that placed first in the region and went on to be a national finalist. He plans to attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Meg Lawrence, who will attend UT Martin, was manager of the girls basketball team for four years. She participated in several USJ musical productions, is a member of the USJ Concert Choir, and is chaplain of the Environmental Club.
  • Elliot Lea played varsity soccer three years and went on two mission trips to Brazil. He will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Nicholas Leffridge, a varsity baseball player, was named to the All-Region Division IIA West baseball team in 2010 and was a member of the Kansas City Royals Scout Team in 2010. He will attend Walters State College.
  • Miller Martindale was a member of the varsity track and football teams, and he was co-editor of the USJ Literary Magazine. Miller was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Young Life. He will attend Mississippi State.
  • Kathryn McAlexander, yearbook editor, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. She played basketball and ran cross-country and track. Kathryn will attend Georgia Tech.
  • Bess McWherter, who will attend Vanderbilt University, was named the Jackson-Madison County Outstanding Student Female Athlete of the Year. She played basketball, softball, and volleyball all four years of high school. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.
  • Nirali Mehta, senior class treasurer, is secretary of Mu Alpha Theta, the Chemistry Club, and the National Spanish Honor Society. She is on the 4.0 honor roll and received an Academic Excellence Award in Spanish Honors III. Nirali will attend York University.
  • Scott Melton, a varsity tennis player, was a member of the state semi-finalist tennis team in 2010. He has been a member of Young Life and played church-league basketball throughout high school. He also was a member of the Spanish Club. Scott will attend the University of Alabama.
  • E.J. Miller, a four-year varsity basketball player, was chosen to the All-State basketball team his junior year, named to the Division IIA West All-Region team his junior and senior years, and named to the District and Region teams his sophomore year. He also was team captain his senior year. E.J., who is on the honor roll, will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Hamilton Moore is president of the Film Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society and a member of the SGA. He will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Joey Moore is a three-year member of the All-State Band and has been principal trumpet for the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past two years. He is assistant organist at Woodland Baptist Church and was awarded USJ’s Most Outstanding Bandsman in 2010. Joey will attend Union University.
  • Kwame Nuako will attend Notre Dame. He is a finalist in the College Board’s National Achievement competition and a National Merit Commended Student. He runs varsity track, is SGA president, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and National English Honor Society. Kwame was named to the Tennessee Theatre Association’s All-Star Cast for West Tennessee in 2008 and 2010.
  • Chirag Odhav, an Eagle Scout, received the 2011 Congressional Gold Medal Award and the 2010 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award for his community service work. He received the Red Cross Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award in 2009 and 2010. Chirag will attend the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Abbey Orr, a four-year member of the 4.0 honor roll, was named to the Tennessee All-State Honor Choir. She is an All-State volleyball player and president of the Spanish National Honor Society. Abbey will attend Union University.
  • Jake Overbey has a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Mississippi. He won Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award his junior and senior years and was named an All-State quarterback. He was named Mr. USJ.
  • Mackenzie Paris, who will attend Auburn University, is a six-year member of the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir and was named to the Tennessee All-State Honor Choir twice. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is secretary of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
  • Will Pierce, who will attend the University of Alabama, was on the honor roll throughout high school. He was a four-year starter for the varsity soccer team, which reached the state tournament twice, and a three-year starter for the varsity basketball team. Will is a member of the Science National Honor Society.
  • Halle Priester, a National Merit Commended Student, will attend Rhodes College. She is senior class president and vice president of the National Honor Society. A varsity volleyball player, she was co-captain of the team for two years.
  • Jacob Ragon, a Volunteer Boys State delegate, was a class representative on USJ’s Honor Council. Jacob was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir five times. He will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Maggie Rheney is president of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She was co-captain of the varsity volleyball team her senior year. Maggie will attend Samford University.
  • Haley Russell, who plans to attend UT Knoxville, has played varsity volleyball and basketball. She was selected to attend Governor’s School for the Arts and the Chamber’s Leadership University. Haley received the Rising Junior Artist Award and was named to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir her freshman year.
  • Kyle Sisk is a four-year member of the baseball and football teams and a member of the French Club. He is attending Murray State.
  • Will Slack, an Eagle Scout, earned the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow. He was a member of USJ’s golf team and French Club. Will plans to major in forestry and wildlife management at Mississippi State.
  • Derick Stonecipher, who will attend the University of Mississippi, is a four-year member of the honor roll. He is a certified personal trainer. His peers voted him “Most Changed.”
  • Lauryn Brooke Tabor will attend the University of Mississippi. She was on the yearbook staff for three years and played volleyball.
  • Sophia Tan, who will attend Loyola University in New Orleans, received Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Regional Art Competition and won the Westland Photography Award. She is president of the National English Honor Society and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society.
  • Heath Taylor is an Eagle Scout and played varsity football for four years. Heath will attend The Citadel.
  • Warner Thomas, who will attend Union University, is speaker of USJ’s Honor Council and vice president of the senior class. Warner is an AP Scholar and a member of the track team.
  • Alison Thompson, an AP Scholar, is secretary of the National Art Honor Society and Art Club. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society and was on the cross-country and track teams for two years. Alison will attend Rhodes College.
  • Casey Tinker, who will attend UT Knoxville, was named to the 2010 Division IIA All-Region and All-Region Tournament teams in baseball. He also is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society and was Homecoming class representative his junior year.
  • Logan Wall won first place in the Madison County Congressional Art Competition. He is a baseball player and member of the Art Honor Society. He was on the Homecoming Court his senior year and was voted “Most Talented” by his peers. Logan will attend Union University.
  • William Wheeler, who will attend UT Knoxville, was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir four times. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the Environmental Club.