St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School celebrated the 2020-2021 school year with a weekend of ceremonies culminating in the graduation of the Class of 2021.
The 34 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2021 were accepted to 89 colleges and universities and will enroll in 24 different schools, from Sewanee: The University of the South to University College in Dublin, Ireland to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Multiple members of the class plan to attend Sewanee, Tennessee Tech, Smith College, and MTSU. Two students will take a gap year before matriculating and one plans to enroll in the U.S. Navy.
SAS is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. For more information, go to www.sasweb.org
Jenna Black (Sewanee, TN), a seven-year day student. A four-year, three-season athlete, she was a member of the soccer, basketball, and tennis teams and received the school’s Best Female Athlete award this year. She recently placed 1st in the District and 3rd in the Region in tennis doubles and qualified for the State tournament to be held later this month. Jenna completed an independent study in sports journalism and communication. She served SAS as a student ambassador, Proctor, and member of the Honor Council. Thanks to a special arrangement between SAS and the University of the South, Jenna was able to enroll in Chinese classes at Sewanee. In the fall, she will attend the university. She is the daughter of SAS Academic Dean and Associate Head of School Kelley Black and Robert Black.
Sarah Grace Burns (Sewanee, TN) was a seven-year day student. A High Honors student, she was a member of Cum Laude and president of the Honor Council and served as a Proctor, SAS Ambassador, and Acolyte. She recently received the Head of School's Award given by the faculty to the individual whose achievements in academics, in extra-curricular activities, and in service to St. Andrew's-Sewanee are outstanding and received the school’s Sarah McPherson Carlos Calculus Award. Last year, she received the SMA Class of 1946 Junior Leadership Award. Over the years, she has participated in Interact, Climbing Team, Black Student Union, Outdoor Club, Global and Local Outreach, Student Vestry, and ECO-SAS. A hard-working athlete, Sarah Grace was a four-year member of the soccer and track teams. She was named to the All-Conference soccer team her freshman and sophomore years and was elected team captain this year. She has placed in the State track meet in High Jump several times and holds the school record in High Jump and the 4x400 Relay. She recently placed 1st in High Jump at the Regional meet and qualified for the State meet in that event and 300m Low Hurdles. She received this year’s MVP Awards in soccer and track and field. As a sophomore, she was a State qualifier in swimming. Sarah Grace completed an independent study course in photography and researched the past effects of climate change on humans and language. During the summers, Sarah Grace participated in the EPI Yellowstone trip and as a counselor for the SAS Soccer and Waterfalls camps. Sarah Grace is taking a gap year to pursue internships, travel, and exploration and will then attend the University of the South where she received an Ecce Quam Bonum Award. In reflecting on her SAS experience, Sarah Grace wrote, “The countless experiences that I have had with my teachers outside of the academic setting are some of my most treasured memories from SAS. Whether that is talking to Mr. Short on the backpacking trip or eating Advisory lunch in Mr. Prehn's apartment, the times when I was able to get to know them beyond their classroom and they got to know me beyond just a student, these memories are so special.” She expressed gratitude to SAS, “SAS has always been my home first and school second. My life has always completely revolved around and within this place and I am entirely grateful for all the experiences, people, and memories it has given me.” Sarah Grace is the daughter of SAS faculty members, Doug and Margot Burns.
King “Archie” Clarkson (Arden, NC) is a 3-year boarding student. He was recently awarded the Boarding Student Award is given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the community. He was a member of the Honor Council. Archie was a frequent participant in and star of SAS theatre productions. He recently received the school’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre and the William S. Wade Religious Studies Award. This year, he was instrumental in helping to broadcast Chapel services as a member of the tech crew. Archie will be attending Warren Wilson College. He is the son of James and Abigail Clarkson.
Madalyn Cleveland (South Pittsburg, TN) is a seven-year day student and honors student. She is a former member of the yearbook staff. Madalyn is a four-year member of the SAS volleyball team and played softball for South Pittsburg High School. She was named MVP of the volleyball team this year and to the 2021 All-Academic Softball Team by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. Madalyn will be attending Tennessee Tech where she plans to study nursing. Some of her fondest SAS memories were made during her senior volleyball season, “Maybe senior night is my favorite.” Madalyn is the daughter of Sidney and Christopher Cleveland.
Ethan Drey (Whitwell, TN) attended SAS for three years, as both a day and boarding student. He achieved academic honors, was active with the SAS Farm and the Dungeons and Dragons club, and became an accomplished potter while at SAS. Following graduation, Ethan will be enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He plans to attend the Navy’s nuclear program in Charleston, South Carolina. Ethan’s fond memories of SAS include the senior retreat, Winterims, and farming. Ethan is the son of Mary and Jack Jordan.
Meredith Foster (Winchester, TN), a seven-year day student is a High Honors and Honors student who formerly served as an Acolyte. In the past, she has received awards in Latin and Health and Fitness. A three-year volleyball team member, she was team captain and MVP this year and past Most Improved Player. Meredith also participates in All-star competitive cheer where she received the best backspot award. Meredith will be attending Tennessee Tech University where she intends to study biochemistry with a focus in pre-dentistry. She is a recipient of the Hope Scholarship. One of her favorite SAS memories is when Coach Zeitler made the team play volleyball in the pouring rain at Lake Cheston. Meredith is the daughter of Kim and David Foster.
Lily Garner (Sewanee, TN) is a one-year day student. She was a member of the school’s state championship Ethics Bowl Team. She recently received the school’s 2-Dimensional Art Purchase Award. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Lily was able to enroll in Introduction to Molecular Biology & Genetics and Writing and Speaking French at the university. She was a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team. Lily will be attending Smith College in the fall. She is the daughter of SAS Counseling Services Coordinator Lisa Garner and Lee Garner.
Curtis Gill (South Pittsburg, TN) is a five-year day student and High Honors student. Curtis participated in varsity track and field and is part of the school’s record-holding 4x200 relay team and state-bound 4x800 relay team. He performed with his band, Jettison, at many Creative Expression Assemblies and school celebrations. Curtis will attend Middle Tennessee State University in the fall. One of Curtis’s favorite SAS memories was the third time his band performed, “We played a song after receiving a standing ovation after the first song. It was incredible, I think it was then that I really decided I wanted to pursue music. Everyone was so happy.” In reflecting on his time at SAS, Curtis wrote “SAS has a special energy, it is remarkable to see so many people who really care about their work and their pursuits. I think it connects us all in a way, everyone is a piece in this project.” Curtis is the son of David Gill and Jocelyn Gill.
Tania González Horstmann (Algete, Spain), a one-year exchange student through the ASSIST program, participated in Commencement ceremonies and received a certificate of credit. A talented athlete, Tania participated in basketball, soccer, and tennis and received the Most Improved Player award in both basketball and tennis. She recently placed 4th in the tennis District singles. Tania was a High Honors student and had the opportunity to take World Politics at the University of the South through a special arrangement between St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and the University. Tania recently received the school’s Rosie Paschall Visual Art Award. Tania hopes to enroll in college in Copenhagen, Denmark. In reflecting on her year at SAS, Tania wrote, “I have no words to describe how thankful I am to everybody in this community that has made my experience at SAS so extraordinary! I am definitely never going to forget this year of my life.” Tania is the child of Cristobal González and Paloma Horstmann.
Myers Gorrell (Sewanee, TN) is a seven-year day student and High Honors student. Over the years, he served as a Proctor, Acolyte, and SAS Ambassador. He was recently inducted into Cum Laude and awarded the Lulu Hampton Owen Service Award given by the faculty to the individual who has shown outstanding service to the school and to the community-at-large. Myers was PR representative for Interact and participated in Global and Local Outreach. A Boy Scout since sixth grade, Myers recently achieved Eagle Scout rank. As part of the process, he organized a service project to build six benches and a tarp shelter at the SAS sixth-grade campout site. Myers was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, senior co-captain, a former Coaches’ Award recipient, and this year’s MVP. He played for the Camp Forest FC while managing the SAS middle school girls’ team. His sophomore year Camp Forest went undefeated and won the DIII State Championships. He was formerly a member of the SAS swim team. Through a special arrangement with the University of the South, Myers enrolled in Macroeconomics at the college. Myers enjoyed an SAS-sponsored EPI Yellowstone trip during the summer of 2018. He has worked as a camp counselor and lifeguard. Myers was a delegate to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in 2019. He recently received the school’s Michael S. Dalton Award for Excellence in Physics. Myers plans to study Environmental Engineering at Gonzaga University where he was admitted to the Honors Program and awarded the Regents Scholarship, the university’s largest possible scholarship. In reflecting on his time at SAS, Myers wrote, “Especially during the pandemic, I have had many distinct memories of my time in the chapel for announcements and Monday morning chapel. The sense of community and school morale felt strongest when in the chapel.” Myers is the son of Iska Hoole and Buck Gorrell.
Austin Hood (Isle of Palms, SC) is a one-year boarding student and an honors student. He participated in basketball, soccer, and strength and conditioning. Austin will be attending the College of Charleston, where he received the Life Scholarship. In reflecting on his SAS experience, Austin wrote, “
I think being able to experience riding to sports games with all of the buddies I made on my teams is definitely something that is going to stick with me for a while.” Austin is the son of Steven and Darla Hood.
Tiphaine “Nelly” Ineza (Kigali, Rwanda) is a three-year boarding student who served the school as an Acolyte and SAS Ambassador and received academic honors in Spanish. Over the years, Nelly was active in the school’s farm, Black Student Union, volleyball, International Club, and Vocal Ensemble. Following a gap year, she will attend University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. In reflecting on her time at SAS, Nelly recalled a favorite memory when she and her dorm mates would stay up all night watching movies and talking. “I am grateful for every moment I spent here at SAS, as well as all the wonderful people I met and their assistance in pushing me to try new things,” wrote Nelly. Nelly is the daughter of Innocent Musabyimana and Jeannine Mukamuyango.
John Turner “J.T.” Jenkins (Sewanee, TN) is a seven-year day student. An honors student, J.T. served as an SAS Ambassador and a member of the House Leadership. Over the years, he has received class awards in History and Chinese. He took Intermediate Chinese at the University of the South while a student at SAS and received a full scholarship through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) for a month-long study abroad program in Shanghai, China. J.T. founded the Debate Club and participated in Martial Arts Club, History Club, and on the SAS Farm. A talented musician, he performed with Vocal Ensemble and as both a solo act and in two bands for many Creative Expression Assemblies and school celebrations. He has participated in varsity track and cross country. J.T. will attend Belmont University. He is the son of Bess Turner and John Jenkins and stepson of Christopher Crigger.
Joshua Jones (Kingston, Jamaica) is a three-year boarding student. He was an honors student, a three-year member of the school’s tennis team, new addition to the golf teams this year, and an SAS Ambassador. Joshua won a bronze medal on the National Spanish Exam his junior year. Joshua will be attending Syracuse University in the fall where he plans to study mechanical engineering. He is the son of Anna Law.
Nathan King (Sewanee, TN) was a seven-year day student. A true scholar-athlete, Nathan was a High Honors student, basketball team captain, three-time tennis team captain, and three-year member of the golf team. He received this year’s Best Male Athlete award. He previously participated in baseball and on the Franklin County High School Fishing Team. Nathan racked up many athletic honors over the years including Most Improved Player in golf and tennis and MVP in tennis and basketball. He was twice named to the All-District Team for basketball. He recently placed third in the District tennis singles. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Nathan was able to enroll in Introduction to Macroeconomics at the college. He recently received the SAS Advanced Statistics award. His non-school activities included working for his family’s business, King’s Tree Service. Nathan will attend Tennessee Tech where he intends to study mechanical engineering. One of his favorite SAS memories was the basketball team’s 82-81 victory over Marion County in triple overtime his freshman year. He is the son of Edward and Barbara (’00) King.
Zolon Knoll (Sewanee, TN), is an honors student, Proctor, Acolyte, and SAS Ambassador. He was a two-year member of the Curriculum Committee. He was a four-year member of the varsity swim team and participated in track and mountain biking. His 4x800 relay team recently placed 2nd at the Regional track and field meet and qualified for the State meet to be held later this month. He qualified for the State swim meet in the 50yd, 100yd, and 200yd Freestyle, the 100yd Butterfly, and the 200yd Individual Medley. A guitarist, Zolon played several Creative Expression Assemblies with the campus band Jettison. He also had his pottery displayed in the SAS Gallery. Thanks to SAS’s special relationship with the University of the South, Zolon enrolled in German at the college. He recently completed a semester-long independent study entitled Archaeology: Lithic Debris Analysis. Zolon has worked as a swim coach for the Sewanee Tigersharks every summer since he was 11 years old. He is a lifeguard at Sewanee’s Fowler Center. Zolon will attend Centre College. “My most memorable SAS experience would have to be the senior retreat,” wrote Zolon. “I was able to see our grade finally bond over the course of two days.” Zolon is the son of SAS faculty member Marion Knoll and Martin Knoll.
Caroline Lamborn (Sewanee, TN), a six-year day student, participated in yearbook and theatre. She had a lead role in the school’s production of and performed in Kaleidoscope and The Robber Bridgeroom. Caroline distinguished herself this year by being the only senior to have managed to take six years of science during her four years in the Upper School. Caroline will be attending Eckerd College. She names the senior retreat as one of her most memorable experiences at SAS. Caroline is the daughter of Robert and Amy Lamborn.
Malachi McKinney (Memphis, TN) is a two-year boarding student and Hubbard Scholar. He is recipient of this year’s Betty Guyear Condra Perseverance Award given by the faculty to the individual whose perseverance in academics and extra-curricular activities is outstanding. Malachi was a member of the Conduct Council and the Martial Arts Club. A member of the track and football teams during his time at SAS, Malachi received the Coaches' Award for Track & Field. His 4x800 relay team recently placed 2nd at the Regional track and field meet and qualified for the State meet to be held later this month. This year, he was instrumental in helping to broadcast Chapel services as a member of the tech crew. In the fall, Malachi will be attending Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the child of Audra McKinney-Bailey. The Hubbard Scholarship provides full support for students from Shelby County, Tenn.
Luciana Mollica (Sewanee, TN), a seven-year day student, was an honors student and a member of the Conduct Council. A four-year member of the volleyball team and this year’s team captain, over the years, she has received the Coaches’ Award and Most Improved Player Award. She is past recipient of the Bun Pickering Spanish V Award and received the Sewanee Poetry Award this year. Luciana enjoys outdoor activities. She was a member of the Mountain Biking team and participated on Climbing Club and backpacking trips. She received this year’s G. Sanford McGee Outing Award. She also contributed to the literary magazine every year and had one of her paintings displayed in the SAS Gallery. In addition to her school activities, Luciana worked at the Monteagle assembly and participated in Sewanee Spoken Word. She will be attending Western Carolina University. In reflecting on her SAS experience, Luciana wrote, “Participating in the outdoor program at SAS was an authentic and unforgettable experience for me. The program gave me a second family and made me a stronger person, mentally and physically. It taught me how to be a leader, build community, and develop a love and appreciation for the land that our community resides on. The outdoor program provided me with opportunities to become more connected to my surroundings, including people and places that I wouldn't have grown closer to without the program. It taught me to know my home well. Through the outdoor program, I challenged myself, conquered my fears, became more confident and rooted in my own identity, and learned to help others do the same. SAS introduced me to the outdoor community that I will now be a part of for a lifetime. Some of my favorite memories include watching the sun dip over the hills at the end of climbing practice, backpacking along beautiful ridges, and having the chance to mountain bike with new people.” She also wrote, “SAS certainly taught me how to handle adversity with its challenging curriculum and demanding schedule, but it also taught me the power of community, especially my individual role in a community. SAS taught me that community is what you make of it. Yes, there will be challenges and imperfections that come with any community, but over my time at SAS I learned how to make the most out of any situation and maximize my time in any place. You can always find good people if you look for them. You can always create an environment that is more conducive to wellbeing if you value your own role in a community and make efforts to offer your love and support to others in the community. You can always find activities that you love and people that you love to do them with, if you just look. SAS’s student body is diverse and for the most part, heavily involved in the community itself. I love the way SAS fosters close, sometimes more casual relationships between students and teachers, allowing for more wholesome, genuine, and emotionally fulfilling community life. I also appreciate the way SAS prioritizes student involvement in community-wide efforts. I feel that SAS has better prepared me to contribute positively to whatever community I go to next. I am not leaving SAS to find the perfect community, but instead to act as the advocate who creates community. SAS has taught me to always seek fresh perspectives, atypical ways of learning and expressing myself, and change if need be. These lessons have prepared me to use my own strengths to seek improvement over perfection, allowing me to make change as well as enjoy the small, happy moments in the midst of chaos and adversity within any community.” Luciana is the daughter of Pete and Jill Mollica.
Hannah Moss (Monteagle, TN), a six-year day student, achieved academic honors her senior year. Over the years at SAS, she participated in Global and Local Outreach, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. In 2019, she was named Most Improved Player by her tennis teammates. In addition to her academic work, Hannah has been a summer camp tennis instructor and cabin leader and hostess at the Sewanee Inn. Next year, she will attend the University of Memphis. In reflecting on her time at SAS, Hannah wrote, “A memorable experience for me would be the lifelong friendships I’ve made with boarding students coming to SAS.” Hannah is the daughter of Dana and Tracey Moss.
Porter Neubauer (Belvidere, TN) is a seven-year day student and this year’s Salutatorian. He recently received the Sewanee Military Academy Memorial Merit Award. Given by SMA alumni to the student who has displayed athletic proficiency, academic excellence, and, above all, an outstanding character in all actions both within and outside of our school community. Porter served as an Acolyte, Proctor, and SAS Ambassador. He was previously a member of House Leadership. A High Honors student, Porter is a member of Cum Laude and the Curriculum Committee. He has received class awards in Spanish and Physics and took courses in Principles of Chemistry and Creative Writing at the University of the South. He recently received the school’s James Agee Award for Nonfiction. Over the years Porter has participated in Literary Magazine, Student Vestry, Outdoor Club, Debate Club, Global and Local Outreach, The Middle Way, Fashion Club, Great Discussions, History Club, and as Service Coordinator for Interact. He recently achieved Eagle Scout as a member of the SAS Boy Scout Troop for which he was Senior Patrol Leader. He is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, a three-year member of the varsity swim team, and participated in Strength and Conditioning. He is a recipient of the Coach's Award in swimming in 2019-2020 and in soccer this spring. He was named a Soccer Division II-A All-District Player and served as team co-captain. His club soccer team, for which he was team captain for four years, were the 2016 D3 State Champs and the 2018 D2 State Runner-up and D1 State Quarterfinals. He is a member of the Sewanee Tigersharks’ record-holding 100 freestyle relay team. In the fall, Porter will be attending Washington and Lee University on a prestigious Johnson Scholarship which provides full tuition, room, board, and expenses. In thinking back on his favorite SAS memories, Porter wrote, “I will carry memories of the sixth-grade campout with me for the rest of my life. During our three days of romping across campus with classmates, we developed a deep sense of belonging to each other. All of our pretenses from the classroom were flung off as soon as we stepped into the woods, leaving us to form community organically.” Porter also wrote, “St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, while preparing me for the rigors of college, has also equipped me with an emotional intelligence that most people don't develop until well into adulthood. Teachers and peers who care deeply for both our community push me every day to strive for balance, empathy, and grace in my interactions; the Honor Code reminds me to live my life with decorum, respect, and honesty. As I leave this special mountaintop community, I know that the lessons on community I learned here will always be near to my heart.” Porter is the son of Alex (’91) and Amy Neubauer.
Lauren Ostrowski (Monteagle, TN) is a seven-year day student. She was a member of the volleyball team and yearbook staff. As a member of the SAS Players, Lauren participated in productions of Kaleidoscope and The Robber Bridegroom. She was recently recognized for completing five years of science in her four years in the Upper School. Lauren will attend Maryville College. She is the daughter of Joyce and Michael Ostrowski.
Isabella Randolph (Sewanee, TN), a seven-year day student at SAS, is an honors student, Proctor, SAS Ambassador, and president of the Conduct Council. Over the years, Isabella participated in Black Student Union, Global and Local Outreach, Gender and Sexualities Awareness, Bible Study, and track. She was a frequent performer on the SAS stage, performing in 13 theatre productions. She also frequently sang in Creative Expression Assemblies and Chapel. She was a two-year recipient of the theatre award. She also received a SHOW Job Award. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Isabella enrolled in Music of Western Civilization at the college. She will be attending University College in Dublin, Ireland. In reflecting on her time at SAS, Isabella wrote, “I will never forget Earth Day at SAS; it is a wonderful thing that the entire student body chooses to celebrate the Earth together.” She continued, “I am very thankful for my time at SAS, I cannot imagine a better place to prepare me for the future.” Isabella is the daughter of SAS faculty member Tracy Randolph and Adam Randolph.
Ruoxi “Emily” Ren (Tianjin, China), a four-year boarding student, was unable to complete her SAS experience in person this year due to the COVID pandemic. Despite this, she remained on the High Honors list at SAS while doing online instruction and was the recipient of this year’s Danny Griffiths Award for Excellence in English. Over the years, she has participated in Literary Magazine, International Club, Math Club, Yearbook, SAS Farm, and Archery Club. In 2019, Emily received the Phoenix Yearbook Award. A member of the Guitar Ensemble and K-pop Dance Club, Emily performed for several Creative Expression Assemblies and school concerts. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Emily enrolled in philosophy and English classes at the college. In 2019, she volunteered as a SAS Ambassador and at Giant Panda Base. Next year, she will attend Brandeis University. A special SAS memory for Emily was the 2019 winter concert, The Revels, when SAS music director J.R. Ankney asked her to teach the chorus the Chinese version of Silent Night and lead them in singing it. “Mr. Ankney tried his best to match my schedule with that of the chorus, and all of us worked on it really diligently,” wrote Emily. “It was really an unforgettable memory.” Emily is the daughter of Yanjun Ren and Mengyan Zhou.
Justine Rogers (Sewanee, TN), a seven-year day student, is the Class of 2021 valedictorian and was recently awarded the Day Student Award given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to our community. A High Honors student and Proctor, Justine was president of Cum Laude and a member of Honor Council. She received this year’s Advanced Functional Pottery award. She is a three-year member of the school’s state championship Ethics Bowl Team. Justine participated in theatre and volleyball. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Justine was able to enroll in an upper-level Spanish class at the college. The summer of her junior year she attended the Governor's School for the Humanities. Justine will attend Smith College. In reflecting on her time at SAS, Justine wrote, “Attending SAS has been incredibly important to me. I am so grateful to all my friends, teachers, and peers for making my time here so special.” Justine is the daughter of Linda and Clayton Rogers.
Oliver Root (Mount Pleasant, SC) is a one-year boarding student. He was a member of the SAS basketball and tennis teams. He will be attending the University of the South. Oliver is the son of Harry (’87) and Nicki Root.
Adeline Smith (Tullahoma, TN) is a seven-year day student. She was co-captain of the varsity girls’ soccer team, a three-year varsity starter, and recipient of this year’s Coaches’ Award. An honors student at SAS, she will attend the University of the South. Adeline is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Smith.
Xavier Thompson (Kingston, Jamaica), a three-year boarding student, served as an Acolyte, Proctor, SAS Ambassador, and a member of the House Leadership. An honors student, Xavier received a 4-year science award. Over the years was involved in many SAS clubs and activities, including Interact, Martial Arts Club, Be the Change, Anime Club, Global and Local Outreach, Archery Club, and International Club. He helped found the Black Student Union at SAS and participated in the school’s Vocal Ensemble and Creative Expression Assemblies. Most recently by performing a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. Xavier was a member of the varsity soccer, wrestling, and football teams and received the Coach’s Aware in wrestling. He completed an independent study in photography and attended a summer Baja Ecology Trip. Next year, he will attend North Park University where he received an International Student Award. One of his favorite memories at SAS is running around his first year catching toads with his friends. Xavier is the son of Andrew Price and Nicole Brown-Price.
Ming Kwan “Jack” Tse (Dunwoody, GA), a three-year boarding student, was a member of the Martial Arts Club, the Conduct Council, and the mountain biking, tennis, and wrestling teams. As a sophomore, he earned the Most Improved Player award in tennis. Jack recently entertained his classmates as part of a Chinese Lion Dance. He is a black belt in karate. Jack will be attending Hendrix College in the fall. Jack is the child of Jennifer Lai and James Rudolph.
Hannah Warmbrod (Belvidere, TN), a five-year day student, is a High Honors student and a member of the Honor and Conduct Councils. Over the years, she received awards in Spanish and Studio Art. She recently received the school’s 2-Dimensional Art Purchase Award. A four-year member of the cross country team and three-year member of the swimming and track teams, Hannah is past recipient of two Most Improved awards in cross country and one in track and two Coaches’ Awards in swimming. She was chosen to attend the Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences and Engineering. Next year, Hannah plans to attend Berry College on a Berry Academic Scholarship. One of Hannah’s favorite SAS memories was the sophomore grade-level program trip, “I loved exploring Atlanta and really enjoyed the experience of visiting a mosque and a Hindu temple and learning more about those religions.” She offered special thanks to SAS Chaplain, the Rev. Molly Short. Hannah is the daughter of Mark and Rebekah Warmbrod.
Sean Willis (Sewanee, TN), a seven-year day student, was on the Honors list. He participated in the Debate and History Clubs. Over the years, he was a member of the soccer, baseball, and swim teams. As drummer of the campus band Jettison, Sean performed in Creative Expression Assemblies and at SAS events. Sean worked as a cook at Shenanigans for a summer. Next year he will be studying biology at MTSU. In reflecting on his time at SAS, Sean wrote, “I want to say thank you to Mr. Ankney for all his support with the band. I also want to thank Mr. Smith, Mr. Prehn, and Mr. Short for their exceptional performance as educators.” Sean is the son of Sally Krebs and Kevin Willis.
Lauren Wockasen (Monteagle, TN), a seven-year day student, served as an SAS Ambassador and on the yearbook and literary magazine staffs. She performed with the school’s Vocal Ensemble at special events and in Creative Expression Assemblies. She was a four-year member of the volleyball team and was JV captain her senior year. Lauren plans to attend Chattanooga State to become a licensed aesthetician. In looking back on her time at SAS, Lauren wrote about the experience of the senior retreat, “We all became so much closer, and I could tell a good number of people had their minds changed about others during it.” She expects that dancing to music by the campfire right after will be one of her cherished memories. Lauren offered advice to those who come after her, “If you have the chance, join something you don't think you would like, I joined the Vocal Ensemble my freshman year, and I learned about how much I loved to sing and learned I had a pretty good voice as well.” She offered thanks to teacher and music director J.R. Ankney for being such an amazing advisor and friend throughout her high school experience, “You helped me even when things got tough, thank you so much, and I don't know how I'll ever repay you.” Lauren is the daughter of SAS employee Tanya Wockasen and Tony Wockasen.
Tianyang “Tony” Yu (Beijing, China) was a four-year boarding student who was forced by the COVID pandemic to attend SAS remotely this year. Tony helped to raise funds for COVID relief in Hubei, China. An honors student, Tony will attend University of Rochester. He is the son of Lei Yu and Xinhua Zhao.
Payton Zeitler (Sewanee, TN) is a seven-year day student. He is a High Honor student, Proctor, and SAS Ambassador. He recently received the school’s Statistics and Probability class award. He formerly served as an international student mentor, participated in Debate Club, and received academic honors in Chinese. A four-year member of the basketball team, he is a two-time recipient of the Coach’s Award, served as captain, and won the William Holland Varnell Manager’s Award. This year, he also played soccer. Payton will attend Hampden Sydney College. One of his favorite SAS memories is sleeping in a church during the junior grade-level trip. In reflecting on his time at SAS, Payton wrote, “I'm very thankful that God planned for Jake Miller and David Prehn to be my advisors.” Payton is the son of SAS Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler and Courtnay Zeitler.