The Class of 2015

The 73 members of the USJ Class of 2015 are headed off in all directions as they go to college this fall. This includes Georgetown in Washington D.C., Vanderbilt, Rhodes, Lee, SMU, Georgia Tech, Samford, UT, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Viterbo University in Wisconsin, known for its performing arts, will welcome its first USJ graduate, while other colleges, like Rhodes and Union, are pleased to accept more USJ students.

The class had three students recognized by the National Merit Foundation and 12 Advanced Placement Scholars recognized by the College Board. The top quintile (20 percent) of the class had an ACT average of 32; the average ACT for the whole class is 26. All of the graduates were accepted into a college of their choice. The top three graduates are Alan Wilms, Valedictorian; Austin Wilms, Salutatorian; and Madison Perchik, Essayist.

The USJ community is proud to present the Class of 2015! Click here to view a special section.


 

USJ graduates will be attending colleges across the United States. Showing a variety of college choices, from left, are Hollen Spencer, majoring in international business at University of Arkansas; Sydney Paris, a physical therapy major at Auburn University; Charles Woodside, studying business management at Southern Methodist University; Laura Mantooth, attending Lee University on a presidential scholarship; Stephen Mysiewicz, studying neuroscience at Rhodes; Clare Robertson, attending the University of Alabama with a presidential scholarship covering tuition; and Sam Rickman, studying ecology in the honors college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jonathan Adkins will major in business at the University of Mississippi. A three-year member of the basketball team and co-captain of the football team, Jonathan earned basketball All-District Team and football All-West Tennessee Honorable Mention awards. He was president of the junior class and active in several clubs.

Peyton Antwine, treasurer of the Student Government Association, was an AP Scholar, Boys State delegate, a Leadership University graduate, and yearbook editor. He was voted “Most Dependable” by his classmates. He earned third in the state in the 2014 National French Contest. He was a member of several honor societies, active in theater, ran track, and volunteered at Jackson-
Madison County General Hospital. Peyton will major in biology at Rhodes College.

Reese Antwine, an AP scholar, was president of the National Honor Society, chaplain of the junior and senior class, a Leadership University graduate, four-year member of the Honor Council, and a Boys State delegate. He belonged to several honor societies and was yearbook business manager. He was active in choir and theater, played soccer, ran track, and volunteered at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Reese will major in pre-medicine at the University of Georgia.

Abby Atkins, voted “Most Likely to be Remembered” by her classmates, was vice president of the Student Government Association, president of the National English Honor Society, and also president of her freshman and sophomore class. Abby was yearbook co-editor, a Leadership University graduate, Girls State delegate, and Teen Court representative. She received the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership and Rhodes book awards. Abby earned the Volleyball Scholar and All-West Volleyball First Team Honorable Mention. Abby will study audiology and speech pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Neeley Atkins, who will attend Mississippi State University, was senior class secretary and junior class treasurer. She modeled for Lights-Camera-Fashion to help raise more than $35,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She earned two Honorable Mention awards in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition and received All-West Tennessee Volleyball Honorable Mention honors.

Beau Barksdale will major in business at Pellissippi State in Knoxville. He was a member of the football team, active in several clubs, and received acting awards for his work in theater.

Reagan Beecham, a four-year member of the basketball team, was co-captain his senior year. He was active in the Key Service and Spanish clubs. Reagan was emcee for Arts at the U his senior year. He will study political science at Mississippi State University.

Jordan Boyd took advantage of leadership opportunities at USJ. President of the Student Government Association his senior year and chaplain his junior year, Jordan was also manager of the girls basketball and volleyball teams the last two years and a Leadership University graduate.

Jordan Boyd, voted “Wittiest” by his classmates, was president of the Student Government Association. A National Honor Society member, he received the George Eastman Youth Leadership and Principal’s Leadership awards. He was a Junior Rotarian, Leadership University graduate, Exchange Club volunteer, and Jackson Symphony ambassador. A volunteer at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jordan earned USJ’s Community Service Award for volunteering nearly 700 hours. He will major in business and political science at Ole Miss.

Ben Brauss, voted “Most Athletic” by his peers, was co-captain of the football team and baseball’s Division II-A Player of the Year. He earned All-State in both football and baseball and was a member of the 2012 and 2014 State Championship baseball teams. Ben will major in engineering and will play baseball for Harding University.     

William Butler was a four-year member of the baseball team and ran cross country. He was active in several clubs and Fellowship Bible Church student ministries. William will major in business at Mississippi State.

Callie Cantrell won three Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition and attended Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in Visual Art. She was a member of the nationally-ranked varsity cheer squad, serving as captain her senior year and co-captain her junior year. She will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and will study interior design.

Kayce Clifton participated in three national competitions as a member of the varsity cheer squad. She was a member of several clubs and volunteered at RIFA and as Team Leader for the Bruin Cub Cheer Camp. She will major in child and family studies at Pellissippi State.

Mackenzie Cotner was a two-year member of the nationally-ranked varsity cheer squad. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society, Spanish and Operation Smile clubs, and contributed to the 2013 fashion show. Mackenzie will major in accounting at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Bailey Cozart, who transferred to USJ her sophomore year, will major in kinesiology at Mississippi State. She was active in Key Service, Art, Spanish, and Operation Smile clubs. Bailey won first place for a handmade dress in the 2012 fashion show and received the Outstanding Art Student award in 2013.

Many USJ athletes will hang up their cleats and running shoes as they enter college, but some will continue to play sports on the collegiate level. They include, standing, from left, Dalton Hockaday, who will play tennis at Bethel; Sam Darnall, four-time All-State cross-country runner, who will run cross country at Mississippi College; Sara Glassman, an All-State volleyball player, who will play volleyball at Cumberland University; Michael Taylor, a member of the 2014-2015 All-District Offense First Team, who will play football at the University of Mississippi; Chase Harris, a 2013 golf All-State selection, who will play golf at the University of Memphis; Ben Brauss, the baseball Division II-A Player of the Year, who will play baseball at Harding University; Cameron Tinker, who was named to several All-Tournament teams and will play baseball at Rhodes College; and, in front, kneeling, Rachel Giampapa, who will play soccer at UT Chattanooga; Emily Mitchell, who signed to play soccer at Cumberland; and Shelby Williams, who also is playing soccer at UT Chattanooga.

Sam Darnall, voted “Most Talented” by his classmates, was a four-time, All-State cross-country runner and the 2013 cross-country individual State Champion. Captain of the cross-country and track and field teams, Sam received the 2013 Jackson Sun West Tennessee Runner of the Year award and was a 2014 track and field State Championship finalist. He was a member of All West Tennessee Honor Choir. Sam will major in accounting and will run cross country and track and field for Mississippi College.

Cole Davis, voted as “Most Changed” by his classmates, was a member of the National Honor Society, active in the SADD Club and Younglife, played soccer, and received an Outstanding Student in Chemistry award. Cole will major in biology at UT Chattanooga.

Rachel Giampapa, a Leadership University graduate, was secretary of the senior class and a six-year member of All Northwest Honor Choir, earning sixth chair her junior and senior years. As a five-year starter of the varsity soccer team, her team won two state championships. Rachel achieved All-State honors three years in a row and was selected to the 2014 Tennessee State East vs. West High School All-Star Game. She will major in biology at UT Chattanooga.

Andrea Glass, who enrolled at USJ her junior year, was National Honor Society treasurer and Spanish National Honor Society secretary. Andrea participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program and contributed to Arts at The U and USJ’s fashion show. Andrea will major in marketing at UT Knoxville.

Sara Glassman, voted “Most Changed” by her peers, was a two-year co-captain of the volleyball team. Sara was a member of the All-State volleyball team, was named the West Tennessee Hitter of the Year, and was selected to play in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association 2015 East vs. West All-Star Volleyball Match. Sara will play volleyball for Cumberland University and will major in education.

Sierra Glosson, who has been performing on the USJ stage since she was in kindergarten, won one of only four spots available for female students at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she will major in musical theater and minor in dance and vocal performance on an academic merit scholarship. Sierra’s first role at USJ was a member of the piggy chorus in the “Three Piggy Opera.” Her last was the lead in “Mary Poppins.”

Sierra Glosson, a member of the National Honor Society, participated in 20 theater productions, earning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards. Selected as “Most Talented” by her classmates, Sierra earned the Outstanding Student of the Arts award. She was a six-year member of Tennessee’s All Northwest Honor Choir and was selected to Quad State Honor Choir, All State Honor Choir, and All National Honor Choir. She was president of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and participated in two Costa Rica study abroad trips. She will study musical theater at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Nick Gregory, who studied abroad in France in the summer of 2013, will major in history at UT Knoxville. He was chaplain of the French Club and a French I medalist. He also played varsity football, baseball, and soccer.

Molly Hall, who played varsity basketball four years, served as captain her senior year and earned All-District and Honorable Mention honors. She also played four years of volleyball, was team MVP, and earned All-West Tennessee First Team honors her senior year, and All-District and All-West Tennessee Honorable Mention her junior year. Molly, a fashion show contributor, will major in nutrition and wellness at Mississippi State.

Georgina Harlan, voted “Best to Take Home to Parents” by her peers, served as secretary of the Student Government Association, raised more than $2,700 for charity as service chairman of the National Honor Society, and was junior class secretary. A Leadership University graduate, Georgina participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program, contributed to the literary magazine and fashion show,  was active in theater, and served on the yearbook staff. Georgina will major in nursing at UT Knoxville.

Chase Harris signed to play golf at the University of Memphis. A member of many campus organizations, he played varsity golf and was a 2013 golf All-State selection. Chase was chosen as the 2013 and 2014 Jackson Sun Male Golfer of the Year. He also received the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Richard Ross Scholarship.

Robert Henderson was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. He played varsity football and soccer and received academic awards in algebra, English, and American history. He will major in chemical engineering at Mississippi State.

Dalton Hockaday transferred to USJ his senior year. He was a member of Key Service Club, active in theater, and played varsity tennis. He also volunteered to teach others how to play tennis. Dalton will major in business and play tennis at Bethel University.

Tori Hockaday, voted “Most Congenial” by her classmates, served as president of the senior class, recording secretary for SGA her junior year, yearbook editor for two years, and captain of the varsity tennis team for four years. Tori was a Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee Tennis Player of the Year. She also participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program, was a Junior Rotarian, a Leadership University graduate, and a Jackson Symphony ambassador. Tori was accepted into UT Knoxville’s Honors College and will study neuroscience and Spanish.

A National Merit Outstanding Participant, Amanda Holloway will graduate with the full support of her peers who voted her “Most Likely to Succeed.” Amanda will major in history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “USJ’s rigorous curriculum and inspiring teachers have taught me to love to learn,” she said.

Amanda Holloway, voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her classmates, will study history at Georgetown University. Amanda, who transferred to USJ her sophomore year, was recognized by National Merit as a National Achievement Outstanding Participant. She was a Girls State delegate, a Leadership University graduate, a Junior Rotarian, and received the 2014 Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Science. Active in cross country, Spanish, and DSA Buddy clubs, Amanda was president of the Social Science Honor Society and a member of several other honor societies.

Rachel Hooper placed first in the Briarcrest Regional Art Contest and Exhibition and earned a Silver Key and four Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. She is a weekly volunteer at Hands Up! Preschool. Rachel will study architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Ray Howard, selected as “Mr. USJ” and Homecoming King by his peers, was president of Key Service Club and chaplain of SADD Club. He was a five-year member of the varsity golf team, a three-time All-West Tennessee Golf Team selection, a 2014 Regional Medalist, and a member of the 2014 State Runner-up team. Ray will major in business at Ole Miss.

Morgan Jenkins transferred to USJ where she repeated her junior year so she would be better prepared for college. She was active in choir, Key Service Club, SADD Club, was a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, and earned academic awards in Spanish. Morgan will major in neuroscience at Rhodes.

Fernando Karg transferred to USJ his senior year. Fluent in two languages, he has lived in three countries. He was a member of several honor societies and active in theater, choir, and varsity soccer, and Art and Spanish clubs. He was a U.N. Forum Delegate and a 2013 engineering catapult competition semi-finalist. He will major in mechanical engineering at UT Knoxville.

Christian Kramer played varsity football four years and was All-District in 2014. He was also a three-year member of the varsity baseball team, which won the 2014 State Championship. He was active in Spanish Club and Key Service Club. Christian will major in agricultural information science at Mississippi State.

Walker Laird, voted “Best to Take Home to Parents” by his peers, served as Science National Honor Society co-competition chairman and was a member of several honor societies. Selected to the All-West Orchestra for four years, Walker played in the band and pit orchestra. He was a Jackson-Madison County Youth Teen Court representative and played football, track, and baseball. He will major in biology at Millsaps College.

Hope Magee, voted “Most Quotable” by her peers, served as chaplain of the Student Government Association. As vice president of Key Service Club, she led the 2014 canned food drive between Trinity and USJ and raised more than 35,000 pounds of food for RIFA. Hope, who played varsity tennis for five years, was editor of the 2014 literary magazine, a Leadership University graduate, and a member of the National Art Honor Society. She will major in art at Union University.

Giangi Mamusa, left, an Italian exchange student, has made a new family at the home of Walker Laird, right, a USJ senior. Over the last year, Walker, a football lineman, and Giangi, an Italian windsurfer, put aside the language barrier and became close friends. “It’s like getting a new brother,” said Walker. Although Giangi will be going back to his home in Sardinia this summer, he plans to see Walker again. “This has been a good experience for me, and I will be sad to leave, but I will find a way to bring Walker to Italy one day.”

Giangi Mamusa, an exchange student from Cagliari, Italy, attended USJ his senior year. In Italy, he was selected to “I giovani e le scienze 2014,” a national selection for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Giangi plans to return to Italy this summer and, once in college, will major in computer technology.

Laura Mantooth was senior class treasurer, sophomore class secretary, DSA Buddy Club president, French Club chaplain, and a member of several honor societies. Selected “Most Dependable” by her classmates, Laura was a four-year selection for All-West Orchestra, was active in theater, participated in the French study abroad program, and was an Arts at The U contributor. She will major in special needs education at Lee University.

Jessie Mathis will major in nursing and Spanish at Union. She was historian for Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and vice president of Chemistry Club. Jessie was active in theater, played volleyball, contributed to the fashion show, and participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program.

Emily Mitchell was a five-year member of the varsity soccer team that won State Championships in 2010 and 2011. Emily will play soccer for Cumberland University and will major in nursing.

Steven Mysiewicz, an AP Scholar with Honor, held office in several honor societies. He was a Boys State delegate, a Junior Marshal, and a member of the yearbook staff. He took second place in the Science Bowl and was active in band. Steven will major in neuroscience at Rhodes.

Sydney Paris was a six-time member of the All West Tennessee Honor Choir and was named to All State Choir her senior year. Sydney was a varsity cheerleader and served as captain. She earned an academic award in biology and appeared in multiple high school musicals. Sydney will major in physical therapy at Auburn University.

Hayden Patey will major in mechanical engineering at Ole Miss. He belonged to several clubs, played football for three years, and was an active member of USJ’s Younglife.

Nigel Peeples, who transferred to USJ his junior year, was a two-year captain of the varsity basketball team and was selected to the All-District Team in 2013 and 2014. Nigel will major in physical therapy at Murray State University.

Madison Perchik, Class of 2015 Essayist, served as speaker and was a four-year member of the Honor Council. A five-year member of the varsity soccer team, she was co-captain and helped the team win two state championships. Voted “Miss USJ” by her peers, Madison was an AP Scholar and recipient of the Yale Book Award and multiple other academic honors. She earned the Don Coffey Character and Leadership Award. She will major in biology at Rhodes.

The soccer seven — five seniors who have been on the varsity soccer team since eighth grade and two more who joined the team as freshmen — saw their soccer team win two state championships and progress to the state final four in their three other seasons. Also winners in the classroom, these seven players have an average GPA of 4.0 and an average ACT score of 27. They are, from left, Emily Mitchell, headed to Cumberland University; Rachel Giampapa, UT Chattanooga; Madison Perchik, Rhodes; Mary Alex Richards, UT Knoxville; Sarah Pierce, Ole Miss; Shelby Williams, UT Chattanooga; and Lauren Pitcairn, Mississippi State. Emily, Rachel, and Shelby will play soccer in college.

Sarah Pierce, voted “Most Beautiful” by her peers, served as secretary of both the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She was a five-year member of the varsity soccer team that won State Championships in 2010 and 2011. Sarah was selected as Homecoming Queen. She earned a Gold Key in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition. She will study pre-physical therapy at Ole Miss.                 

Lauren Pitcairn was class vice president her freshman and sophomore years and held leadership positions in several clubs. Voted “Cutest” by her peers, Lauren ran track, was a Leadership University graduate, a Jackson Symphony ambassador, and was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, including the 2011 State Championship team. She received the Richard Fite Student-Athlete Award. She will attend Mississippi State.

Mary Alex Richards was a four-year member of choir, active in theater, and a Jackson Symphony ambassador. A member of the National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and Mu Alpha Theta, she also played soccer for four years and was a member of the 2011 State Championship team. Mary Alex will major in nursing at UT Knoxville.

Sam Rickman, an AP Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Scholar, was selected to the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. He placed ninth in the nation for the 2013 National French Contest Le Grand Concours and served as the 2014 Science Bowl team captain. An Eagle Scout and Leadership University graduate, he won numerous academic awards, ran cross country and track, and participated in the French study abroad program. He will major in ecology as part of the honors program at UT Knoxville.

Clare Robertson, an AP Scholar, was voted “Wittiest” by her classmates. She held office in several honor societies and volunteered at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Hands Up! Preschool. She was also a Girls State delegate, a Leadership University graduate, and co-writer for a domestic abuse awareness play to benefit the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program. A participant in the French study abroad program, Clare placed second in the nation for the 2014 National French Contest Le Grand Concours. Clare will attend the University of Alabama.

Yahaira Rodriguez served as vice president of the International Club and treasurer of the Spanish Club. She was also a member of the DSA Buddy Club and the Key Service Club. She will attend UT Knoxville.

Hunter Ross, Tri-M Music Honor Society president, was selected to All West Honor Choir three times and earned Tennessee All State Honor Choir his senior year. He was a volunteer for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and participated in two mission trips with his church to Haiti. Hunter was active in theater, played football, ran cross country, and was a four-year member of the track team. He took fifth place in the 400 and 800 meter relays at the 2014 track and field regional competition. Hunter will study pre-medicine at Union.

Kaitlyn Ross, a member of the National Honor Society, played soccer for the Wolves and the USJ varsity team, including the 2011 State Championship team. Kaitlyn ran cross country and track, was a three-year choir member, a fashion show contributor, and a volunteer at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She will major in kinesiology at Mississippi State.

Kelsey Sanders, an AP Scholar, served as president of Société Honoraire de Français and the French Club and was a member of several honor societies and clubs. Kelsey was a Leadership University graduate, earned the Rachel Carson Book Award, and participated in the Costa Rica and French study abroad programs. She will major in history at Louisiana State University in the honors program.

“Sending me to USJ is the best decision that my parents ever made,” said Andrea Glass, who transferred to USJ after moving from Georgia. While it isn’t easy to change schools and make new friends as juniors and seniors in high school, these transfer students found that the environment and academics at USJ made the transition easier and worth the effort. Fernando Karg from Mexico, had to overcome a language barrier. Nigel Peeples, who came from an area high school, and Derek Wallace, who transferred from Alaska, encountered more challenging academics. Morgan Jenkins, who transferred from another area high school, decided to repeat her junior year to make the most of her USJ experience. “USJ definitely has a positive environment for learning and stimulating the mind,” said Morgan. Pictured from left are Derek, Nigel, Andrea, Morgan, and Fernando.

Emily Sanderson will major in pre-veterinary medicine at UT Knoxville. A four-year choir member, Emily was chosen for the All West Tennessee Honor Choir three times. Emily was active in theater, participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program, ran track and cross country, and played on the 2011 State Championship soccer team. A Leadership University graduate, she received USJ’s Alumni Association Scholarship.

Rebekah Sears, who was selected for the Music City Girls Lead Conference, was also a Girls State delegate, a fashion show and Arts at the U contributor, and co-writer for a domestic abuse awareness play to benefit the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program. A member of the varsity basketball team, she earned district MVP in 2013 and was team captain. Rebekah will major in psychology at Christian Brothers University.

Paige Sheffield, a varsity volleyball captain for three years, was selected to The Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee Team and earned All-State, All-Region, and team MVP honors in 2013 and 2014. She was a member of the National Honor Society and several USJ clubs, and a Jackson Symphony ambassador. Paige will major in elementary education at UT Knoxville.

Adam Sills was vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, chaplain of Tri-M Music Honor Society, and treasurer of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. He earned a four-year award for All West Honor Choir and was a Jackson-Madison County Teen Court representative. He placed sixth in the individual Science Bowl category and was a second-place team winner. Adam will major in biology at UT Knoxville.

Ashmeet Singh was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Chemistry Club. Selected as “Most Quotable” by his peers, Ashmeet worked more than 200 community service hours. He will major in biology at Rhodes.

Nicole Sioson, who earned 174 community service hours, volunteered at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She played varsity tennis, was selected to the All-West Honor Choir three times, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Nicole was selected into the One Day Leadership Program at Mississippi State where she will major in pre-medicine.

Matthew Smith was a Leadership University graduate, a Junior Marshal, Spanish Club president, junior class vice president, and a varsity football player. Matthew earned first place rankings twice in the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher’s Association Math Competition and placed second in the 2014 Science Bowl. He participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program and has earned multiple academic awards, including the 2014 Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science award. He will major in biochemistry at Rhodes.

Hollen Spencer, vice president of the senior class, was captain of the football team and two-time All-District football player, co-captain of the tennis team, and a Jackson-Madison County Teen Court representative. A member of several honor societies, he received academic awards in algebra, geometry, and theater. Voted “Most Handsome” by his classmates, Hollen is the Male Athlete of the Year for the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame. He will major in international business at the University of Arkansas.

Vickie Subia was a member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Spanish Club, and served as secretary of the International Club. Vickie will major in education at Jackson State.

Samantha Sullivanwill use her art skills to major in interior design and architecture at Mississippi State.

Samantha Sullivan, voted “Most Athletic” by her peers, served as president of the National Art Honor Society and was treasurer of the junior class. Samantha was a Leadership University graduate, four-time All-State cross-country runner, and a member of the 2012 State Championship softball team. A three-time Art Student of the Year Award recipient, she will study interior design at Mississippi State.

Michael Taylor served as captain of the varsity football team, was a 2014 football All-State selection, and played football and basketball for four years. He was selected to play in the West Tennessee All-Star game and was on the 2013-2014 All-District team and the 2014-2015 First Team All-District Offense team. Michael will play football and major in sports medicine at Ole Miss.

Matthew Teel, selected as “Cutest” by his classmates, served as SADD Club president and Honor Council representative. A member of the National Honor Society, he participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program, played varsity basketball, spent four years on the varsity golf team, and earned academic honors in algebra and geometry. He will study business at Mississippi State.

Walker Teer, captain of the varsity soccer team, was selected to the 2014 All-Region and All-District teams. Active in theater and choir, Walker was named to the All West Tennessee Honor Choir four times and the All Northwest Honor Choir six times. An Eagle Scout, he served as a Jackson Symphony ambassador and participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program. He will study biology at Samford University.

Cameron Tinker, voted “Most School Spirit” by his peers, was a member of the National Honor Society and several other organizations. He placed second in the 2015 West Tennessee Science Bowl, participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program, and played football. A baseball player for four years, he was selected to the 2014 All-Region Tournament Team, 2015 Perfect Game Atlanta, Georgia, Louisville Slugger Classic, and 2015 23rd Annual USA Classic All-Tournament teams. Cameron will play baseball and major in biology and Spanish at Rhodes.

Derek Wallace transferred to USJ his senior year from Alaska. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta and ran cross- country and track. At his former high school, he consistently placed in the top 10 in JV cross-country ski races and earned two varsity letters in swimming. With 175 community service hours, Derek volunteered weekly at Habitat for Humanity Restore. He will major in computer science at Montana State University.

Shelby Williams, voted “Most School Spirit” by the senior class, was a member of the National Honor Society and active in several organizations, choir, and theater. Captain of the varsity soccer team for three years, Shelby was an All-State soccer player three times, a two-time West Tennessee Defensive Player of the Year, Tennessee Sports Writer All-State selection, and District MVP. She will major in nursing and play soccer at UT Chattanooga.

 For twins, Reese and Peyton
Antwine, picking a college was a personal decision for each of them. Reese chose a larger, SEC school at the University of Georgia, while Peyton chose to go to a smaller school at Rhodes. Twins Hunter and Kaitlyn Ross will also be going to different schools, although they will both be cheering for bulldogs. “We had actually planned on both attending Mississippi State,” said Kaitlyn. “But Hunter decided to go to Union because he wants to go into nursing, and Mississippi State doesn't offer that program.” Both of the Wilms twins applied to the same schools; however, Austin applied early decision to Vanderbilt, while Alan waited to apply regular decision. In the end, they both were accepted to Vanderbilt. “There was a possibility that we would end up at different schools,” said Alan. “However, as things turned out, I am really glad that we are attending the same school in the fall.” Pictured, above, from left, are Hunter and Kaitlyn, Austin and Alan, and Reese and Peyton.

Alan Wilms, AP Scholar and Valedictorian, will major in computer engineering at Vanderbilt University. A National Merit Finalist, Alan earned multiple academic awards, attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, and was a three-time Tennessee Math Teacher Association Math Competition selection. Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his peers, Alan participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program. He received the Faculty Founder’s award and the Woodman of the World award in AP U.S. History.

Austin Wilms, Salutatorian, was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his peers. Selected to the Tennessee Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, Austin was an AP Scholar, recipient of the Bill Moss Book Award, and competed in the Tennessee Math Teacher Association Math Competition three times. He participated in the Costa Rica study abroad program and the Lott Summer Leadership Program and earned many academic honors. He will major in computer engineering at Vanderbilt.

Ryan Woods, who has attended USJ since the fourth grade, was a three-year member of the French Club. He plans to major in business at Jackson State.

Charles Woodside, voted “Most Congenial” by his peers, is a Leadership University graduate and four-year member of the basketball team. Active in USJ’s Younglife, Charles ran cross country, played freshman football, and received academic awards in studio art and computer science. He will major in business at Southern Methodist University.