The Class of 2012

University School of Jackson is proud to present the Class of 2012. 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.

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  • Rachel Altfeld, the regional religious and cultural vice president of the North American Federation of Temple Youth-Eisendrath International Exchange, was an exchange student in Israel for a semester. At USJ, she served on the yearbook staff and was a National Honor Society member. Rachel will attend the University of Arizona.
  • Sidney Anthony, IV, an Eagle Scout, plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Sy was a National Honor Society member and Head of School Scholar. He was also a four-year member of the football team and attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. his junior year.
  • Karrington Atkins plans to study marine biology
    at the University of New England.

  • Karrington Atkins will attend the University of New England. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. She served as historian for the National Art Honor Society and was Photography Club president.
  • Thomas Ballard, IV, played football for three years and was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Science National Honor Society. Thomas will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Varsha Balram transferred to University School of Jackson her junior year. She will attend Tennessee Tech University and plans to major in bio-molecular engineering.
  • Weston Barrix played varsity golf for four years and was a member of Key Club, Film Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He will attend the University of Tennessee at Martin.
  • Angad Singh Bindra, an AP Scholar, will attend Washington University at St. Louis. He was a Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award recipient and attended the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis. He placed ninth in the state at the TMTA Geometry competition.
  • Many USJ graduates are attending colleges across
    the country, including, from left,
    Habeeb Suara, University of Pennsylvania;
    Sarathi Sarkar, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; Ashley Nkadi, University of Cincinnati; Anthony Spates, University of Missouri at Columbia; Mina James-Gist, University of Michigan;
    Jacob Cohen, Wofford College in South Carolina;
    Chloe Meriwether, Rhodes College; and
    Angad Bindra, Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Adam Boling was a four-year member of the football team and was selected for the All-State team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He was selected as the Division IIA West Co-Offensive Line MVP and the 2010 District IIA West Offensive Lineman of the Year. Adam will attend Bethel University where he will play football.
  • Andrew Bosco was a three-year Spanish Club member and plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Drew Brantley was chaplain of both the Tri-M Honor Society and Photography Club. He participated in spring and fall musicals and received the Rising Senior Award in Theatre. Drew was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir four years and the All-State Choir two years. He will attend Rockford College in Illinois.
  • Westin Brantley was a member of the 2011 state runner-up varsity football team. He was also a member of Operation Smile Club and a three-year member of the track team. He is undecided about his college choice.
  • William Buckley, who was cast in the role of Count Malachi in USJ’s production of Happy Days, was a two-year Concert Choir member and was selected to perform with the Tennessee All- Northwest High School Honor Choir three years. He was also a member of the football team three years. Will plans to attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Thomas Butler, IV, an Eagle Scout and Boys State delegate, was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. A four-year Homecoming representative, he played four years of football and earned the All-Region Honorable Mention Award twice. Thomas will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Jonathan Cain played four years of varsity football, was named to the All-District and All-West Tennessee teams, and voted senior class Homecoming representative. Jonathan was a Concert Choir member and was selected for the AllNorthwest Tennessee Honor Choir three times. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. He will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Nicholas Camp, a class officer and a member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society, received an academic excellence award in Advanced Placement U.S. History. Nick will attend Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Shane Vargason plans to major
    in aerospace and mechanical engineering at Mississippi
    State University.

  • Courtney Campbell, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, was active in Key Club, SADD Club, and Operation Smile Club. She will attend UT Martin and major in nursing.
  • Francis Chandler, a four-year tennis player, was a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and National English Honor Society. She will attend Rhodes College.
  • Tanner Chapman, voted “Most Quotable” by his peers, was a three-year member of the varsity football team. He was a four-year member of USJ Singers and was active in the SADD Club and Key Club. Tanner will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Carrie Cobb was an All-State soccer player and a member of the soccer state championship teams in 2011 and 2012. Carrie, a National Merit Commended Scholar, served as the 2011 Science Bowl championship team captain. She will play soccer for Rhodes College.
  • Jacob Cohen, voted “Most Spirited” by the class of 2012, was National Honor Society president and junior class president. A four-time, top three competitor in the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher’s Association math competition, Jacob was an active member of Mu Alpha Theta. He will attend Wofford College in South Carolina.
  • Nathan Craig was a member of the National Art Honor Society, Environmental Club, Art Club, and Operation Smile Club. While attending USJ, he played golf and ran track. Nathan will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Margaret Crocker, founder and president of Operation Smile Club, completed medical missions in India and China. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society and received the Rhodes Book Award for Philanthropic Leadership her junior year. Margaret was voted “Best Smile” by her peers. She will attend Louisiana State University.
  • Jessica Crosnoe, a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, SADD Club, Key Club, Film Club, and Operation Smile Club, ran for the cross-country and track teams. Jessica was active in Young Life for four years. She was a three-year member of the soccer team. Jessica will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Whitney Culbreath, a Leadership University graduate, was a cheer squad captain and two-time UCA All-American cheerleader. Chaplain of Tri-M Honor Society and SADD Club president, Whitney was voted a senior superlative by her peers. She will attend the University of Alabama.
  • Seeking degrees in journalism are, from bottom, Clare Williams, Union University; Morgan Galbraith, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; and Nick Camp, Northwestern University.

  • Jacob Daggett, a member of the National Art Honor Society, ran track and was voted “Most Spirited” by his peers. Jake will major in mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas.
  • Bethany Dietz was a member of the two-time state championship soccer team. She was the Science National Honor Society president, Mu Alpha Theta secretary, and a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. Bethany will attend UT Knoxville where she will major in chemical engineering.
  • Kirstie Finch maintained perfect attendance throughout her 14 years at USJ. She was the Spanish National Honor Society president and a member of the 2012 Tennessee All-State Honor Choir. She was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her peers. Kirstie will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Morgan Galbraith was a National Honor Society member and secretary of the Photography Club and Environmental Club. She won the Scholastic Gold Key Award in photography. Morgan will attend UT Knoxville.
  • John Ross Glover, a two-time Division IIA Mr. Basketball winner and the West Tennessee Player of the Year, was the Tennessee nominee for the McDonald’s All-American Award. The Tennessee Sports Writers Association named John Ross to the All-State basketball team three consecutive years. He will attend Lipscomb University where he will play basketball.
  • Ainsley Gompf was the National English Honor Society vice president and Spanish National Honor Society secretary. She also served as the Lower School yearbook editor and the Upper School yearbook co-editor. She will attend High Point University in North Carolina.
  • Kyle Gregory, a member of the baseball and golf teams, transferred to USJ his junior year. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Kyle will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Logan Hall was the National Honor Society secretary and Lower School yearbook editor. A four-year basketball, volleyball, and softball player, she was voted “Most Athletic” by the class of 2012. She will attend Mississippi State University.
  • Jacob Hamilton, a four-year soccer player and two-year cross-country runner, qualified to run at the state championship twice. Jacob volunteers for the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and was a member of Operation Smile Club. He will attend Austin Peay State University.
  • Caroline Haynes was named Most Outstanding Choir Student twice, selected to the Quad State Honor Choir, and received the six-year award in the All-Northwest Honor Choir. She was a four-year Head of School Scholar and vice president of Tri-M Music Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Caroline plans to attend Rhodes College.
  • Graduates with plans to become nurses include Meredith Masterson, above left, and Billie Anne Ward, right, who both will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Courtney Campbell, center, who will attend the University of Tennessee at Martin.

  • Honeye Heydari, a member of the two-time state championship soccer team, set a USJ record of 149 goals scored in four years. She was named to the All-State soccer team four times and was part of the track relay team that won State in 2009. Honeye was also a National Art Honor Society member. She will play soccer at Mississippi State.
  • Edward Hockaday, III, was voted “Best Personality” by his peers. He was a senior Honor Council representative and helped draft the USJ Honor Code. Edward was a four-year football player and named to the All-Region Honorable Mention team twice. He will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Dustin Hopper, an Outstanding Art Student, was a member of the National Art Honor Society, Art Club, and French Club. He will major in graphic design at the Memphis College of Art.
  • Sarah Howard, voted “Best Personality” by the class of 2012, was yearbook co-editor and Student Government Association chaplain. She served as class secretary two years. Sarah will attend Samford University in Alabama.
  • Cody Howell, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and SADD Club, played soccer three years. Cody will attend UT Knoxville and major in business.
  • Stuart Howell, a four-year tennis player and part of the 2009 state championship team, recently won his bracket in the 2012 Rotary Individual Tennis Tournament. He was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir three years. Stuart will attend Murray State University.
  • Olivia Hughes, a captain of the nationally- ranked USJ cheer squad, was voted Homecoming Queen and “Most Talented” by her peers. She was vice president of the National Art Honor Society and SADD Club and a member of the Science National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Olivia will attend the University of Georgia.
  • T.J. Ivy, a member of the National Honor Society, SADD Club, and Chemistry Club, served as secretary of Key Club. He received an academic award in World Religion. T.J. will attend UT Knoxville where he plans to study pre-dentistry.
  • Callie Jaggers was a founding member of the Honor Council and served as Speaker. She was also a National Honor Society member and chaplain of the Science National Honor Society and Key Club. Callie was an active member of Young Life. She will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Mina James-Gist is a flautist with the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra and a member of Jack and Jill of America. She attended Governor’s School and was a lead organizer for Art in the Park, 2012. Mina plans to attend the University of Michigan where she will major in biomedical engineering.
  • Adam Johnson was a four-year honor roll student. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Adam was awarded the medal for highest achievement in Research and Library Operations. Adam will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Graduates who will be playing a sport in college include, from left, below, Trevor McGee, baseball at Union University; Ann Elizabeth Lynch, golf at Union; Adam Boling, football at Bethel University; Shelby Jordan, soccer at Mississippi State University; Carrie Cobb, soccer at Rhodes College; John Ross Glover, basketball at Lipscomb University; Honeye Heydari, soccer at Mississippi State; and Lee Mayhall, football at the University of North Alabama.

  • Shelby Jordan, daughter of Frank and Celia Jordan, was secretary and a founding officer of Operation Smile Club. She went to China on a medical mission and attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Voted “Most Likely to be Remembered” by her peers, Shelby will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Shelby Jordan, daughter of David and Carilyn Jordan, was a three-time state champion athlete: the 3200-meter relay championship team anchor in 2009 and the Division IIA state championship soccer team captain in 2010 and 2011. She was All-State in soccer, track, and cross-country and earned the High School Heisman and Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2012. She will play soccer at Mississippi State.
  • Elizabeth Joyner, a member of the National Art Honor Society, Art Club, Spanish Club, and Key Club, will major in elementary education at Union University.
  • Prabhjot Kaur transferred to USJ as a junior. She plans to major in pre-medicine and is undecided about her college choice.
  • Oscar Leon was Spanish Club vice president and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. He played on the soccer team. Oscar will attend Mississippi State where he will double major in international business and Spanish.
  • Michael Lindsey was a four-year member of the baseball team and selected as a starting player his senior year. He will attend Jackson State Community College to major in agri-business and farm and ranch management.
  • Ann Elizabeth Lynch, selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Visual Arts, was a Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegate. She was a National Art Honor Society member and a five-year member of the golf team. Ann Elizabeth will play golf at Union University.
  • Gray Magee, who played the lead role of Fonzie in the USJ production of Happy Days, was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by the senior class. He served as class vice president four years and received the medal for academic excellence in AP Biology. Gray will attend Union University.
  • Grant Mansfield, a recipient of the Max Prep Defensive Player of the Week Award, was named to the All-State/All-Region/All-District football teams. Grant was selected to the All- Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir three years and was a member of the USJ Concert Choir and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Meredith Masterson was a member of the two-time state championship soccer team and the tennis team. She will attend UT Chattanooga and major in nursing.
  • Lee Mayhall, a three-sport athlete, was voted “Mr. USJ” and Homecoming King by his classmates. Lee broke four state records in football, was named All-State three times, and was a Mr. Football finalist. He will play football for the University of North Alabama.
  • Trevor McGee, a four-year baseball player, was a member of National Honor Society, Chemistry Club, and Concert Choir. He will play baseball and major in biology at Union University.
  • Ashton McGuire was a four-year tennis player, qualifying for the state tournament each year. A member of Young Life and the Spanish Club, he will attend the University of Arkansas.
  • Price McKnight, an Eagle Scout, was Spanish Club treasurer, a member of the Science National Honor Society, and a three-year member of the soccer team. Price will major in biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas.
  • Chloe Meriwether, voted “Miss USJ” by her peers, was a Junior Rotarian and a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Art Honor Society. She was a cheerleader four years and a squad captain her senior year. She will attend Rhodes College.
  • Anthony Micetich, a four-year Head of School Scholar, was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Anthony was a varsity soccer team captain and named to the All-State soccer team in 2011. He will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Emily Mullins played tennis at USJ and was part of the 2009 state tennis championship team and the 2011 West Tennessee Honorable Mention tennis team. She was a National Art Honor Society member and named “Cutest” by her classmates. Emily plans to attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Cole Murray, a USJ Scholar his senior year, was a four-year member of the baseball team. He was active in Young Life and the SADD Club. Cole will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Chase Nelson, an All-State football player, was voted “Wittiest” by the senior class. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. Chase will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Yusuke Niimi came to USJ from Japan as a sophomore. He was happy to have the opportunity to learn about American culture and graduate from USJ. He will return to Japan after graduation.
  • Ashley Nkadi, treasurer of the SADD Club, was voted “Most Quotable” by the senior class. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Ashley was recognized by the National Achievement Scholarship program her senior year. She will attend the University of Cincinnati.
  • Priyesh Patel was a member of the SADD Club and International Club. While traveling in India, he was able to assist the Operation Smile Club by donating money to repair a child’s cleft lip. Priyesh will attend the University of Memphis.
  • Roshni Patel, senior class secretary, was a member of the yearbook staff and vice president of Key Club. She also served as junior class chaplain. Roshni will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Bon Pinkley was a member of the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honor Society. He received the Best Male Actor Award for his role in Peter Pan. Bon will attend Harding University where he will major in pre-medicine.
  • Georgia Poole, Operation Smile Club vice president, traveled to China and India on medical missions. She was treasurer of Tri-M Music Honor Society and was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir. Georgia will attend the University of Arkansas.
  • Jordan Ragon, the National Art Honor Society treasurer, was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She held the positions of secretary, historian, and treasurer in the Student Government Association. Jordan, voted “Most School Spirited” by the senior class, was a cheer squad captain and an All-American Cheerleader. She will attend Tennessee Tech.
  • Lashlee Randolph was a National Art Honor Society member. She was awarded a Memphis College of Art Summer Scholarship, placed second in the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, and received honorable mention in the West Tennessee Regional Art Center Competition. Lashlee plans to attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Alexandra Revell was a runner for the 2010 regional championship cross-country team. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Ally will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Michael Richards, Jr., was a National Honor Society member, a four-year member of the soccer team, and a three-year member of the football team. He was named to the Division IIA All-District football team and received Honorable Mention in 2011. Michael will attend UT Knoxville.
  • Rebecca Rogers was a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. She attended the Governor’s School for the Arts. She was named to the All-State Honor Choir three times and the ACDA Southern Division Regional Honor Choir in 2012. Rebecca will attend Belmont University where she will major in vocal performance.
  • Chase Rushing was recognized by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as part of the All-State football team, All-Region football team, All-District football team, and All-West football team. He also was named to the All-District soccer team. He will attend the University of Mississippi.
  • Sarathi Sarkar was a four-year band member and percussion section leader. A National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction, he will major in aerospace and mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Caleb Self was a yearbook co-editor, Student Government Association parliamentarian, and AP Scholar. Caleb, an Eagle Scout, will attend Lipscomb University.
  • Brigham Short was the recipient of the Rising Senior Musical Theatre Scholarship and the 2012 Musical Theatre Superior Achievement Award. She was honored with the Best Actress Award for her performances in Peter Pan and Happy Days and was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir five times. Brigham was treasurer of Tri-M Music Honor Society. She will attend the University of Mississippi.
  • Aashray Singareddy, a Head of School Scholar, was a member of the Science National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and National Honor Society. Aashray will major in mathematics at Rhodes College.
  • Navjot Singh, a member of the Chess Club, transferred to USJ as a junior. He will major in pre-medicine at Union University.
  • Ranjodh Singh, who transferred to USJ as a junior, plans to major in pre-medicine and is undecided about his college choice.
  • Sara Slack plans to major in art therapy at
    Mississippi State University

  • Sara Slack was a member of the 2010 and 2011 state soccer championship teams. She received a Best Design Award in the 2011 Dashboard for Design Fashion Show and the 2011 Outstanding Art II Award. Sara, selected as an alternate for the Governor’s School for Arts, will attend Mississippi State.
  • Brandon Smith, a four-year football player, was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Brandon also was a graduate of Leadership University. He will attend Rhodes College.
  • Anthony Spates, recipient of the 2012 Jackson Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, was a four-year member of the football and track teams and a three-year member of the basketball team. He served as the 2012 track team captain and was named to the All-District Honorable Mention football team. Anthony was a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. He will attend the University of Missouri at Columbia.
  • Haley Stafford was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Key Club. She will attend Union University to major in elementary education.
  • Benjamin Stuart was a four-year member of the football team and a two-year member of the tennis team. He was a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society and USJ Singers. Benjamin will attend Mississippi State.
  • Habeeb Suara, a National Achievement finalist, attended the Governor’s School for the Sciences. He was the Student Government vice president and a three-year member of the All-West Tennessee band. Habeeb will major in biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jackson Teer, a National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society member, was a two-year All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir member and four-year soccer player. Jackson plans to attend UT Knoxville to major in pre-dentistry.
  • Hannah Turcotte, recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, was the Student Government Association president, yearbook editor, and a National Honor Society member. Hannah plans to major in pre-pharmacy at UT Chattanooga.
  • Shane Vargason, an AP Scholar with Honors and Head of School Scholar, played three sports: basketball, football, and track. He placed first in four divisions at the TMTA Regional Math Competition and was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Science Honor Society. Shane will attend Mississippi State where he will major in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
  • Tyler Wallace, founder of the Political Club, was selected to serve on the Juvenile Court Board for Peer Mediation and recently won first place in the American Legion Regional Oratorical Competition. Tyler assisted in technical direction for USJ theatre events, as well as receiving the outstanding theatre student award for two years. He plans to attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Billie Anne Ward, yearbook business manager and secretary of the SADD Club, received the medal for academic excellence in English I. Billie Anne plans to attend UT Chattanooga where she will major in nursing.
  • Ryan Weiss was a four-year soccer player and a member of Operation Smile Club, SADD Club, and Chemistry Club. Ryan will attend UT Knoxville and major in pre-medicine.
  • Caroline White was a member of USJ Singers, Operation Smile Club, SADD Club, and Key Club. Caroline will attend UT Chattanooga and major in public relations.
  • Grant Whitsitt, a Head of School Scholar, was a graduate of Leadership University and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He served as the National Art Honor Society president. Grant will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to major in animation.
  • Clare Williams was a member of the two-time state championship soccer team. She attended the Governor’s School for International Studies and received the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing. She also was selected to the All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir five times and the Tennessee All-State Choir her senior year. Clare will attend Union University.
  • Matthew Wing was named to the All-West Band and has performed in every musical since his freshman year. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity football team. Matt plans to attend Belmont University.
  • John Wilson, II, an Eagle Scout, was a five-year member of the golf team and served as captain his senior year. He placed second in the Division IIA state finals in golf and was a member of the National Honor Society. John will major in pre-dentistry at UT Chattanooga.
  • Chase Winslow, a four-year basketball player named to the All-District team, was chosen Most Improved Player his freshman year and awarded the Best Three-Point Shooter Award and the Bruin Award. He was a member of the SADD Club and Operation Smile Club. Chase will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • Zuzanna Wojitas, an AP Scholar, was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. She was also a member of the softball team and the volleyball team captain. Zuzanna will attend UT Chattanooga.
  • William Wright, a Boys State delegate, was a member of the National Honor Society and football team. He received academic awards in Spanish I, Honors Spanish II, and Honors Spanish III, where he received the medal for highest academic achievement. Will plans to attend Union University.