On Sunday, May 21, the 44 members of the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Class of 2017 participated in Commencement Exercises. All told, the class received 150 acceptances to 102 different colleges and universities. This fall members of the class will enroll in 29 different schools across the country, from Wellesley College in Boston to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and all points in between. Members of the class were offered over $3.8 million in merit awards, including Presidential Scholar at Boston University, Marquis Scholar at Lafayette College, Charger Distinction Scholarship (full tuition) at UA-Huntsville, Chancellor's Scholarship at Agnes Scott, Presidential Scholarship at Stetson, and the Dean's Scholarship at Maryville. Three students were named Bonner Scholars.
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Lydia Angus An Honors student and Proctor, Lydia participated in varsity volleyball, Vocal Ensemble, and the school musicals. She was a senior captain of the volleyball team and a recipient of the Coaches' and Most Improved Awards. In 2016, she participated in the school's Jamaica Outreach trip. Lydia plans to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and major in education. Lydia is the daughter of Steve and Gretchen Angus of Winchester, Tenn.
Addie Babcock Addie received the Boarding Student Award at Honors Day, given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the community. Addie is an Honors student, a member of the varsity volleyball team, and an acolyte. She also served as a Proctor, the highest leadership position at the school. Addie plans to attend the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. in the fall. Addie is the daughter of Dwight and Jessica Babcock of Pensacola, Fla.
Andrew Bachman A High Honors student, Andrew took courses in German and computer science at the University of the South. He was a member of the varsity mountain biking team, service coordinator for Turkington House, and is an Eagle Scout. Over the years, he has received awards for outstanding achievement in biology, chemistry, geometry, and Spanish. On Honors Day, he was inducted into the school's Cum Laude Society. Andrew plans to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. in the fall. Andrew is the son of Rob and Jennifer Bachman of Sewanee, Tenn.
Erin Berner-Coe Erin was a 3-year varsity soccer player, senior co-captain, and a recipient of the Coaches' Award. She was a star in several school musicals. Over the years, Erin was a member of the school's ECO-SAS, Fashion, Pep and Jewish Culture clubs. In addition to her regular studies, Erin did an independent course on Modernism in America in her junior year. She spent summers as a lifeguard and SAS Soccer Camp counselor. Erin plans to attend Elon University in North Carolina in the fall. Erin is the daughter of David Coe and Nancy Berner of Sewanee, Tenn.
Annemieke Buis Annemieke, a High Honors student, is an outstanding poet and was president of the school's Write Club and recipient of the Mountain Mirror Literary Magazine Writing Award and the William S. Wade Religious Studies Award, and co-recipient of the Danny Griffiths Award for Excellence in English. Over the years, she has received awards in poetry, Spanish, and English. She also participated in the school's pottery and outdoor adventure programs and radio station. Annemieke plans to attend Centre College in Danville, Ky. in the fall. Annemieke is the daughter of John and Jennifer Buis of Christiana, Tenn.
Leticia "Lele" Dias Camara An Honors student, Lele served as an athletic trainer. Lele plans to attend Loyola University on New Orleans in the fall. Lele is the daughter of Juan Ricardo Camara Ramos and Patricia Dias de Sousa of Brazil. The family currently lives in Rogers, Ark.
Elliott Duncan Elliott was a member of the cross country team and was a 7-year soccer team member, playing varsity four years. He participated in numerous theater productions and musicals, was a boy scout and served the school as an SAS Ambassador and a Proctor, the highest leadership position in the school. Elliott plans to attend University of North Texas in Denton to study film in the fall. Elliott is the son of Rick and Elizabeth Duncan of Sewanee, Tenn.
John Farris An Honors student, John received the Chinese II award. He participated in Outdoor Club and track. John plans to attend DePaul University in Chicago in the fall. John is the son of Mindy Farris of Conway, Ark.
Zaferah "Ferah" Fortune Ferah served as a Proctor, the school's highest leadership position, and participated in track and wrestling. She was a 4-time state qualifier in wrestling with one 6th place finish, two 4th place finishes, and a championship. She received the Most Improved Wrestler, Coaches' Award and Most Improved Wrestler awards and the MVP award in track. Ferah plans to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. in the fall. Ferah is the daughter of Sabine Fortune of Jonesboro, Ga.
Anna Fox An Honors student, Anna served as a Proctor, the highest leadership position at the school. Anna has been a nationally-ranked climber during her time at SAS and provided tremendous leadership to the school's climbing program. On Honors Day, she received the G. Sanford McGee Outing Award. Anna plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall. Anna is the daughter of John and Barbara Fox of Sewanee, Tenn.
Jacob Gibson Jacob participated in the SAS Vocal Ensemble, theatre, and the school's farming program. Jacob plans to attend Kennesaw State University in Georgia in the fall. Jacob is the son of Betsy Gibson of Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Madison Gilliam On Honors Day, Madison presented the senior gift and banner on behalf of her class and received the James Agee Award for Non-Fiction. A High Honors student and Proctor, Madison received the Advanced Biology award. She was an important student leader for the school's annual Jamaica Outreach trip. Madison was a 4-year varsity volleyball player and senior captain, and received the Coaches' Award. She coached the Pelham Elementary School volleyball team to a Big-8 Conference Championship this year. Madison plans to attend Maryville College in the fall with a Dean's Scholarship and Bonner Scholarship. Madison is the daughter of Melissa Gilliam and Kevin Gilliam of Sewanee, Tenn.
Caroline Graham An Honors student, Proctor, and SAS Ambassador, Caroline participated in the ECO-SAS, Global and Local Outreach, and Pep clubs as well as the school's literary magazine and radio station. She was president of the Senior Class Banner Committee and a member of the class's Gift Committee. She was a star of the stage at SAS and in community theatre, participating in 12 shows at SAS as well as RENT, And Then There Were None, Rocky Horror Show, and Lil' Abner at the South Jackson Civic Theater. On Honors Day, she received the Outstanding Contribution in Theatre award. In addition to her regular coursework, Caroline pursued independent study on "How the Marginalized Shaped Sewanee: A Historical Narrative of Culture and Landscape at the University of the South," a project that encompassed environmental sciences, history, and anthropology. Caroline plans to attend the University of the South in the fall. Caroline is the daughter of Frank and Paige Lashlee of Tullahoma, Tenn.
Jack Haight A High Honors student, Jack took courses in astronomy and mathematics at the University of the South. He was an SAS Ambassador and member of the school's Honor Council and the Barbell and Math Clubs. He participated in the school's Jamaica Outreach trip. Jack was a 4-year varsity soccer player and a 3-year varsity football player and swimmer, competing in the 200 Medley Relay and 4x100 Relay at the state championships. He received the Most Improved award in swimming and the Coaches' Award in soccer. Jack plans to attend the University of the South in the fall. Jack is the son of Catherine Cavagnaro of Sewanee, Tenn. and Will Haight of Nashville, Tenn.
Camila Hwang-Carlos An Honors student and SAS Ambassador, Camila was a member of the school's Gender and Sexualities Awareness, Race Awareness & Dialogue, and Write Clubs. As a junior, she participated in track and yearbook. In addition to her regular coursework, Camila pursued an independent course in photography at SAS. She spent her summers as a photography teacher for Camp Discover and a volunteer at the Sewanee Equestrian Center. This summer she will be working for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. Camila plans to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. in the fall with a scholarship for Community Engagement and Social Change. Camila is the daughter of Malia Carlos of Sewanee, Tenn. and Leo Hwang of Montague, Mass.
Charles "Charlie" Jenkins A member of the varsity baseball and football teams, Charlie was named MVP in baseball and received the Coaches' Award in football. He has received academic recognition in Spanish and history. Charlie plans to attend University of Mississippi in Oxford in the fall. Charlie is the son of Charles and Tiffany of Whitwell, Tenn.
Max LaFrenier Max was a member of the varsity football team. Max plans to attend East Tennessee State University in Johnson City in the fall. Max is the son of Anthony and Kellie LaFrenier of Winchester, Tenn.
Isaac Lee Isaac was a member of the Climbing Team and the Jam (Music) Club, and participated in Theatre. Isaac plans to attend Berry College in Rome, Ga. in the fall. Isaac is the son of Rick and Vickie Lee of Tullahoma, Tenn.
Wyatt Lindlau Wyatt was a 4-year 3-sport athlete competing in football, track, and wrestling. He received of Coaches' Awards in football and wrestling and a two-time Most Improved Wrestler. Wyatt participated as a leader in the school's House Program, as a Boy Scout, and in the radio station and Vocal Ensemble. Wyatt plans to attend Chattanooga State Technical Community College in the fall where he will study automotive mechatronics. Wyatt is the son of Paul and Kathy Lindlau of Monteagle, Tenn.
Sarah Mainzer An Honors student, Sarah was editor of the yearbook and recipient of the Phoenix Yearbook Award. Sarah plans to attend University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the fall. Sarah is the daughter of James and Robin Mainzer of Monteagle, Tenn.
Daniel McNair Dan was class salutatorian. AHigh Honors student, in addition to his studies at SAS, Dan took courses in biology, Japanese, and religion at the University of the South. Dan participated in theatre and varsity soccer. He was a Proctor and a member of the Cum Laude Society. Over the years, he received awards for his writing, including the Danny Griffiths Award for Excellence in English, and for academic achievement in Chinese. Dan plans to attend University of Chicago in the fall. Dan is the son of Sam and Emily McNair of Monteagle, Tenn.
Ashton Milford A High Honors student, Ashton is a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student. She was a member of the Honor Council and House leadership and participated in art exhibitions, Math Club, and the radio station for which she was recognized with the Bayard Walters Broadcasting Award. She was co-founder and president of the Cycling Club. Ashton is a 3-year varsity mountain biker and 2-year varsity swimmer. She also participated in track and tennis. She was co-captain of the mountain biking team her senior year and NICA Sophomore Girls' State Champion in 2014. Ashton is a pianist and works summers as a lifeguard. Ashton plans to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts in the fall. Ashton is the daughter of Casey and Sara Milford of Hot Springs, Ark.
Jonathan Miller Jonathan received the Day Student Award at Honors Day, given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the community. An Honors student and SAS Ambassador, Jonathan was president of the school's Anime club, and a member of the Fishing, History, Jam (Music) and Write Clubs and Vocal Ensemble, and a contributor to the school's literary magazine. He was a 3-year member of the varsity track team and received the Coaches' and Most Improved Player Awards. He also played football. Jonathan was co-chair of the senior service committee and had a major role in organizing the school's blood drive. Jonathan plans to attend The University of Alabama in Huntsville in the fall on a merit scholarship. Jonathan is the son of Doris Miller of Pelham, Tenn.
Skylar Moss An Honors student and athlete, Skylar was named MVP of the varsity volleyball team. Skylar plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall. Skylar is the daughter of Matt and Amy Moss of Germantown, Tenn.
Cooper Nickels The valedictorian of his class, Cooper received the Head of School's Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular activities and service. A High Honors student and valued member of the school's theatre program, Cooper has received numerous academic awards over the years, including awards in technical theatre, science, history, math, English, and Spanish, including the Bun Pickering Spanish V award. He has consistently had the highest GPA in his grade. He is president of the school's Cum Laude Society, an SAS Ambassador, and a Proctor, and was formerly a member of the Honor Council and House leadership. He is a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholar. He also participated in community theatre. Cooper plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. in the fall. Cooper is the son of Bill and Amy Nickels of Manchester, Tenn.
Hadley Parsons Hadley served as an SAS Ambassador and an acolyte and participated in theatre and varsity tennis where Hadley received the Most Improved Player award. Hadley is an outstanding artist and received the school's Poetry Award and the Sewanee Poetry Award. Her artwork was purchased by the school to be presented for the school's Colmore Award. Hadley will be participating in AmeriCorps next year. AHdley is the child of Bill and Katharine Parsons of New Orleans, La.
Anna Petersen An Honors student, Anna was a member of the SAS Vocal Ensemble and frequently performed in community theatre. She served the school as a Proctor, the school's highest leadership position. Anna plans to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville in the fall. Anna is the daughter of Terri and James Murr and Erik Petersen of Manchester, Tenn
Hannah Powell Hannah was named the school's Best Female Athlete on Honors Day. She was a 4-year varsity golf team member. She was captain of the girls' varsity golf team for four years, 2016 MVP, 2016 TSSAA D-II A East Middle Region Champion, State Champion, All-State Golf Team, and 2015 State Runner Up. Before coming to SAS, she was two-time TSSAA D I-AAA Regional Golf Champion, and participated in track, Junior Beta Club, and FBLA. An Honors student, Hannah was a member of the school's Vocal Ensemble. She was a recipient of the Ann Taylor Memorial Scholarship and the Keith Maxwell Leadership Award. Hannah spends her summers competing in national golf championships. Hannah plans to attend the University of the South in the fall on a Quintard Scholarship and play on the University's golf team. Hannah is the daughter of Mark and Ashlie Powell of Sewanee, Tenn., graduated from St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tenn.
Michaela "Cayla" Riehl An Honors student, Cayla was a member of the cross country and track and field teams and sang with the SAS Vocal Ensemble. Cayla plans to attend Agnes Scott College in Atlanta in the fall. Cayla is the daughter of Mila Riehl and the late Corinne Riehl of Deactur, Ala.
Jacob Sanborn A Proctor and SAS Ambassador, Jacob was a member of the school's Anime Club and Vocal Ensemble and received the school's Outstanding Chorus award. He also participated in theatre, football, and swimming. Jacob is the son of Paul and Elizabeth Williams of San Antonio, Texas.
Lane Scoggins Lane was president of Gorgas House and the school's Gender & Sexualities Awareness club and participated in the school's radio station and as an SAS Ambassador. Lane plans to attend The University of Alabama in Huntsville in the fall. Lane is the child of Philip Scoggins of Tullahoma, Tenn.
Evelyn Seavey An Honors student, Evelyn was a member of the school's Honor Council, the Vocal Ensemble, and the Jam (Music) and Write clubs. She was student body leader of the Christian Athletes. Over the years, Evelyn received the Cum Laude award and Bronze medals for her performance on the National Latin Exam. She was a 4-year member of the varsity track team and 3-year member of the volleyball team. Very dedicated to community service, Evelyn organized an Armed Forces Drive and a fundraiser for breast cancer research and was co-president of the senior fundraising committee. In addition to her SAS coursework, Evelyn took Russian at the University of the South. She spent summers working at Mountain Outfitter and the Monteagle Inn and Retreat Center. Evelyn plans to attend University of Wyoming in Laramie in the fall on a Rocky Mountain and J. Patrick Kauffman Scholarship. Evelyn is the daughter of Bill and Kim Seavey of Monteagle, Tenn.
Sam Smith An Honors student, in addition to his coursework at SAS, Sam took classes in biology and undertook research at the University of the South. Sam served as a Proctor, the school's highest leadership position. He was a 4-year member of the school's swim and soccer teams, 3-time MVP of the swim team and 2-time soccer MVP and All-District player. Sam received the MVP award in soccer and competed in the 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Medley Relay, and 4x100 Relay at the 2017 state swim championships. On Honors Day, Sam received the Sewanee Military Academy Memorial Merit Award in honor of his athletic proficiency, academic excellence, and outstanding character and the Clay award. He is an Eagle Scout. Sam plans to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. in the fall. Sam is the son of Ken Smith and Deborah McGrath of Sewanee, Tenn.
Wesley Smith An Honors student and Proctor, Wesley received the school's Spanish IV and Advanced Clay awards. He was active in the school's outdoor adventure program. Wesley plans to attend the University of the South in the fall. Wesley is the son of Scott and Jennifer Smith of Tullahoma, Tenn.
Fritz Stine Fritz is a High Honors student, a member of the Cum Laude Society, co-president of the school's Honor Council, and recipient of the Advanced Statistics award. He was a member of the varsity tennis and mountain biking teams. Over the years, he has received academic recognition in math and Latin. In addition to his coursework at SAS, Fritz took classes in economics and mathematics at the University of the South. Fritz plans to attend The University of Alabama in Huntsville in the fall. Fritz is the son of Larry Stine and Liz Quinn-Stine of Sewanee, Tenn.
Christian Taylor Christian was a 4-year 3-sport athlete, shining in football, wrestling, and track. He was a senior captain of all three teams. He received the Most Valuable Player award in track as a junior, and was named MVP of the football, wrestling, and track teams as a senior. On Honors Day, he was named the school's Best Male Athlete. He was a Proctor and acolyte and aa member of the school's Barbell and Christian Athletes Club. Christian attended Austin Peay wrestling camp and the Naval Academy's SEAL intensive wrestling camp over the summer. Christian plans to attend The University of Alabama in Huntsville in the fall and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Christian is the son of Jeannie Babb of Sewanee, Tenn.
Kenneth Thomas An Honors student, Kenneth received the Betty Guyear Perseverance Award on Honors Day. Kenneth was a member of the SAS Vocal Ensemble, an SAS Ambassador, and acolyte. A varsity basketball player, over the years, Kenneth was named Most Improved Player on the team and received MVP honors twice. He received academic recognition in mathematics. Kenneth is the son of Thomas LaQuita of Memphis, Tenn He was supported during his high school career by Lisa Lichterman, the Church of the Holy Apostles, the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, and the Emmanuel Center. Kenneth plans to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in the fall.
Shau-Shuian "Bonnie" Tu An Honors student, in addition to her coursework at SAS, Bonnie took classes in economics and German at the University of the South. She was a member of the school's varsity swim team and a recipient of the Outstanding Instrumental Award. Bonnie plans to attend Indiana University at Bloomington in the fall. Bonnie is the daughter of Chang-Lan Tu of Taipei, Taiwan.
Cashmere Walker Cashmere, an Honors student at SAS, plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall. Cashmere is the daughter of Taneha Summers of New Orleans, La.
Kyra Wilson A High Honors student, SAS Ambassador, and co-president of the Honor Council, Kyra participated in the school's ECO-SAS and Global Outreach clubs. She was a 4-year varsity soccer player, senior co-captain, and a two-time MVP and All-District player. Over the years, she received scholastic awards in math and Chinese. In addition to her regular studies at SAS, Kyra pursued independent courses in history and political thought as well as coursework in history and religion at the University of the South. She participated in the school's Jamaica Outreach program, was a counselor for SAS Soccer Camp, and worked at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, N.Y. Kyra plans to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts in the fall. Kyra is the daughter of Scott Wilson and Sherri Bergman of Sewanee, Tenn.
Maggie White An Honors student, Maggie was an SAS Ambassador and Proctor, the school's highest leadership position. She received the school's Lulu Hampton Owen Service Award. Maggie plans to attend Chattanooga State Technical Community College in the fall. Maggie is the daughter of Jeff and Angie White of Tracy City, Tenn.
Nakkia "Kia" Whitman An Honors student and SAS Ambassador, Kia also provided leadership for the school's House Program. She was a 2-year varsity wrestler. Kia plans to attend East Tennessee State University in Johnson City in the fall. Kia is the daughter of Julie Whitman of Coalmont, Tenn.
Aoi Yoshizaki An Honors student, Aoi received the school's Chinese I award. Aoi plans to attend the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. in the fall. Aoi is the daughter of Satoshi Yoshizaki of Ha Noi, Vietnam.
JingJing "Lilly" Zhen A High Honors student, in addition to her coursework at SAS, Lilly took courses in economics and calculus at the University of the South. Lilly participated in the school's film program, on the varsity swim team, and as an SAS Ambassador. She was a recipient of the school's Colmore Award in the arts. Lilly plans to attend New York University's College of Arts and Sciences in the fall. Lilly is the daughter of Zhen Qiang and Zhao Xin of Beijing, China.