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Meet the Class of 2018
Posted 05/24/2018 04:02PM

Class of 2018

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School celebrated the culmination of the 2017-2018 school year with a weekend of ceremonies culminating in the graduation of the Class of 2018.

The 48 members of the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Class of 2018 received acceptances to 120 different colleges and universities. They will enroll in 32 different schools from University of California, Berkeley to Bangor University in Wales and all points in between. Members of the class were offered over $8.3 million in merit awards at schools such as Northeastern University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eckerd College, Tennessee Tech, Roanoke College, Rhodes College, University of Southern California, and Maryville College. They were also invited to join honors programs at University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Mississippi.

SAS is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018.

Ivan Akiri enrolled at St. Andrew's-Sewanee in January of his junior year. He was an Honors student, acolyte, and peer tutor. At Honors Day, he received the award for Outstanding Contribution in Theater. Ivan will attend the College of Wooster in the fall with an International Student Merit Award. He is the son of Morris and Jacqueline Akiri of Nairobi, Kenya.

Rachel Alvarez is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. She was an Honors student and served the school as a proctor, service coordinator for Turkington House, and co-president of Dub (spirit) Club. She was a member of the Senior Banner Committee and Senior Gift Committee and was chosen by her classmates to co-present the gift and banner at Honors Day. Rachel was co-recipient of this year's Day Student Award given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the SAS community. Over the years, Rachel has participated in History Club, International Club, Write Club, and Strength & Conditioning, and performed in Creative Expression Assemblies. She traveled with the school on the Yellowstone Wildlife and Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Programs. An outstanding soccer goalie, Rachel was a four-year varsity member of the team, winning the Coaches' Award her freshman year and named Most Valuable Player and to the All-District team her senior year. She will attend the University of the South in the fall, where she intends to continue her soccer career. Rachel is the daughter of Stephen ('83) and April Alvarez.

Gabriellea Bennett is a two-year boarding student from New Orleans, La. She is a High Honors student and participated in the school's Random Acts of Kindness Club, on the Senior Gift and Fundraising Committee, and on the yearbook staff. She was a member of the varsity tennis team her junior year and participated in cross country and track at her former school, Mount Carmel Academy. Gabriella received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder and participate in the university's honors program. The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to fewer than 3% of out-of-state applicants. She intends to major in political science. Gabriella is the daughter of Brian and Melanie Bennett.

Aubrey Black is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. He is a High Honors student and was a proctor and a member of the Honor Council. Over the years, Aubrey won honors in Chinese. He served as the 9th grade representative for Turkington House. Aubrey was a four-year, three-sport athlete playing tennis, golf, and basketball. He was a four-year MVP in tennis. This year, he placed 4th in doubles at the district tournament, qualified for the regional tournament, received the Coaches' Award, and was named to the All-District team. In golf, he received Most Improved Player for two years, and, in his senior year, placed fourth in the district, qualified for regionals, and was named MVP and to the All-District team. He received the Coaches' Award in basketball his senior year. He traveled with the school for the Jamaica Service Trip, the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program, and the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program. Aubrey will attend the University of the South, where he will be a member of the golf team. Aubrey is the son of Robert and Kelley Black.

William Bongard is a three-year boarding student from Bloomington Ind. He was the recipient of this year's William S. Wade Religious Studies Award. Will will be attending Purdue University in the fall. He is the son of Victor Bongard and Taylor Albright.

Carolyn Bruce, salutatorian of the Class of 2018, is a seven-year day student from Monteagle, Tenn. She is a High Honors student, a proctor, and a member of the Honor Council. She has received academic awards in Latin, math, and English. Carolyn participated in the school's Creative Expression Assemblies and in ECO-SAS, Global and Local Outreach, and Write Club. Carolyn was a four-year starter for the varsity volleyball team. She received the Most Improved Player her freshman year and was co-captain and received the Most Valuable Player award her senior year. She is an avid thespian and singer and had major roles in school productions of Cinderella and The Robber Bridegroom. She performed a solo recital her senior year. Carolyn was co-vice president of Random Acts of Kindness, organized a fundraiser through the club for Guatemala Youth Initiative, helped to encourage and organize SAS student involvement in Morton Memorial Methodist Church's food ministry, and participated in Mountain T.O.P.'s summer programs and the SAS 2015 Jamaica service trip. Carolyn was the recipient of this year's 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. In 2017, she attended the Rhodes Summer Writing Institute. She will attend Rhodes College as a Presidential Scholar. Carolyn is the daughter of Alex and Kathryn Bruce.

Xin Yan "Cindy" Chen is a three-year boarding student from Qingdao, China. She was a High Honors student, achieving the highest GPA among her classmates in her sophomore year, and received this year's Latin II award. She served the school as an SAS Ambassador. Over the years, she received recognition in Spanish and for her participation on the literary magazine staff. Cindy took full advantage of the opportunity to enroll in course at the University of the South and this year completed Calculus II, Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism I and II, and Principles of Psychology. She will attend University of California, Berkeley. Cindy is the daughter of Chen Lixiang and Zhang Jing.

Cole Cleek is a four-year day student from Estill Springs, Tenn. Over the years, he was a member of the Anime Club, History Club, Write Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Climbing Team, and literary magazine staff and served the school as an SAS Ambassador. His art work was exhibited in the SAS Gallery. This spring he traveled to Jamaica for the school's annual service trip. Cole will attend Maryville College with two merit scholarships. Cole credits the SAS Write Club, for which he was a frequent contributor, for molding him into the person he is now. He is the son of Steven and Jaime Cleek.

Beth Dougherty is a two-year boarding student from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is an Honors student and participated in school art exhibitions, Creative Expression Assemblies, literary magazine, and the Random Acts of Kindness Club. During her time at SAS, Beth was a member of the varsity volleyball, swimming, and tennis teams. She recently participated in the school's Graffiti Gallery exhibition. She will be attending the University of Mississippi. Beth is the daughter of Annamary Burton.

Blake Drinen is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. He is an Honors student who has participated in Art Club for Charity, art exhibitions, literary magazine, Creative Expression Assemblies, Gender and Sexualities Awareness club, Write Club, and, especially, theatre. Over the years, he participated in seven SAS Players' shows and his art work was featured in the 2017 Art on the Rise exhibition. He is a past recipient of the Rosie Paschall Visual Arts Award and two Chinese language awards. In addition to his regular course work, Blake took a course on History of Film: Invention to Midcentury and participated in school trips to China and Jamaica. He balanced his school work and extracurricular activities with employment at a local restaurant. In the fall, Blake will attend the Art Institute of Chicago where he received tution exchange and merit scholarships. In reflecting on his time at SAS, Blake wrote, "The best memories are of the times spent with friends, all the wonderful insights I gained from my teachers, and the art I made while at SAS." Blake is the son of Doug Drinen and Lauren Turcotte.

Ruichen "Richard" Du is a four-year boarding student from Hangzhou, China. He was a High Honors student and received academic honors in Spanish and Latin. He took advantage of the opportunity to enroll in course at the University of the South, completing Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Principles of Psychology this year. Richard received the Most Improved Swimmer award his freshman year and the Coaches' Award in cross country his senior year. He will attend the University of California, Davis in the fall. Richard is the son of Du Jianli and Cao Lei.

Justin Elgouhary is a four-year day student from Manchester, Tenn. He was a member of the varsity football and track teams, earning Most Improved Player honors in both and qualifying for the MTAC Bowl Game in football. His junior year he was named Most Valuable Player on the track team. Justin volunteered for the Coffee County Humane Society. He will attend the University of Mississippi with an Academic Excellence Scholarship. He is the son of Julie Anderson and Erik Elgouhary.

Yizhou "Winnie" Fang is a four-year boarding student from Shanghai, China and this year's recipient of 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. She was a High Honors student, a proctor, an SAS Ambassador, and a member of the Honor Council and Cum Laude Society. She was active in the school's House program, serving as service coordinator, vice president, and president of Gorgas House. Winnie was past recipient of the SMA Junior Leadership Award and was named Most Improved Player in basketball. Over the years, she received academic honors in math, history, and physics. She received this year's Advanced Chemistry award. Winnie took full advantage of the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South, this year enrolling in Calculus II, Intermediate French, and Advanced French. Winnie plans to attend Purdue University. She is the daughter of Fang Rui and Xiaolei Wu.

Ryan Ghertner is a two-year boarding student from Nashville, Tenn. He is a High Honors student and is active in the school's climbing team, Outdoor Club, and pottery program. He was co-recipient of this year's Advanced Function Pottery award and the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Gallery Award which recognizes student artists by purchasing works that become a part of the school's permanent collection. This spring, Ryan exhibited his art work in the SAS Gallery. As a junior, he participated on the school's mountain biking and track teams and earned the Most Improved Player award in track. In the fall, Ryan will be attending Colorado State University or Alfred University. He is the son of Steve and Patty Ghertner.

Katie Giltner, class of 2018 valedictorian, is a four-year day student from Manchester, Tenn. She was a High Honors student, a member of the Cum Laude Society, and received numerous awards for outstanding academic achievement in math and Latin, including the Magna Cum Laude Award for Latin IV. She is this year's recipient of the Ruth Cook Benson Advanced Latin award, the Advanced Biology award, and the Sarah McPherson Carlos Calculus Award. Katie helped to edit the school's literary magazine and The Phoenix, the school's yearbook, for which she received the Phoenix Award. She was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team and received the Most Improved Player award her sophomore year. In addition to her regular course work, Katie did an independent study of Python (the programming language) and attended the Governor's School for the Sciences and Engineering. She is a 13-year member of the Girl Scouts where she has received three Leadership Torches, the Bronze and Silver Awards, and is currently working on her Gold Award. She will be attending the University of Alabama at Huntsville with a Charger Excellence Award that covers both tuition and housing. Katie is the daughter of Robin and Dana Giltner.

Caden Graham is a five-year day student from Whitwell, Tenn. Caden received the Most Improved Wrestler award his freshman year. This year he was MTAC Bowl Game eligible in football. Over the years, he participated in the school's Yellowstone Wildlife and Cost Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Programs. Caden will attend the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He is the son of Christina Rogers.
John Grammer
is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. He is an Honors student and received special commendation for his Latin studies. Over the years, John participated in theatre and in many school clubs including Fashion Club, Fishing Club, International Club, and Dub (spirit) Club. He also performed with the University of the South's Perpetual Motion and in SAS Creative Expression Assemblies. He was a four-year varsity basketball player, receiving the Coaches' Award his junior year. He was also a three-year varsity tennis player. John participated in service trips to Jamaica and Panama. After a gap year, John will matriculate at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he has been named an Alonzo Rollins Scholar. John is the son of John and Elizabeth Grammer.

Catherine Gray is a three-year day student from Winchester, Tenn. She is an Honors student and an SAS Ambassador. Catherine is active in the school's pottery program, exhibited her work in the SAS Gallery this spring. And was co-recipient of this year's Advanced Functional Pottery award. She is a three-year member of the varsity swim team, qualified for state competition in the 100 Back, and received the Most Valuable Swimmer award each year. In addition to her school activities, Catherine is a lifeguard and participated in a mission trip to Columbia through Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She will be attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Catherine is the daughter of Michael and Mary Gray.

Haotian "Jack" Gu is a two-year boarding student from Shanghai, China. Jack was a past recipient of the school's 3-D Art Award and the Mountain Biking Coaches' Award. Jack will attend the School of the Art institute of Chicago, where he received a Distinguished Scholar Award. He is the son of Gu Lijin and Xi Lili.

Giovanni "Gio" Hui is a four-year boarding student from Kingston, Jamaica. He was a member of the varsity golf team and received the Most Improved Golfer award twice and the Coaches' Award. He received this year's Chinese V award. Gui will attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the son of Chin Man and Wai Sum Hui.

Sarah Johnson, a four-year day student from Gruetli-Laager, Tenn., was named co-recipient of 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 the SAS community. She was a proctor, an SAS Ambassador, and a varsity athlete, competing for two years on the track team and four years on the basketball and soccer teams. She was co-captain of the basketball team. Over the years, she received Most Improved Player awards in soccer and basketball, Most Valuable Player awards in track and basketball, and the Coaches' Award for soccer. As a junior, she received the SMA Junior Leadership Award. She was a co-president of the Barbell Club and a member of the Spanish Club. She exhibited her pottery in the SAS Gallery and her work was chosen for presentation as this year's Colmore Award. Sarah participated in the school's outreach trip to Jamaica. She will attend the University of the South with three merit scholarships and will continue her basketball career. Sarah is the granddaughter of Lillie Johnson. In reflecting on her SAS career, Sarah wrote, "I would like to thank SAS for giving me opportunities that have changed my life and made me the person I am today... I am beyond thankful for SAS."

Dirk Kayitare, a three-year boarding student from Kigali, Rwanda, was recipient of the Boarding 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. Dirk is an Honors student and, over the years, served as a proctor, an SAS Ambassador, an assistant to the athletic trainer, and vice president and president of Turkington House. He was chosen by the senior class to be a co-presenter of the Senior Gift and Banner. Dirk's past honors and awards include the William Holland Varnell Manager's Award and Bronze and Silver Medals for the National Spanish Exam. He was a member of the school's climbing team, the International Club, and the History Club for which he gave a talk entitled, "The World America Made." Dirk also participated in the school's Creative Expression Assembly. He will be attending the University of the South where he received an International Student Scholarship. Dirk is the son of Jean Kanyamuhanda and Beatrice Basabose.

Samantha "Sam" Kennard is a four-year boarding student from Amelia Island, Fla. She is a member of the Honor Council and an SAS Ambassador. Sam participated in History Club, choir, and yearbook, for which she received this year's Phoenix Yearbook Award. Sam was a three-year varsity track athlete and received the Most Improved Athlete award. Over the years, Sam participated in the school musical, winter and spring concerts, and Creative Expression Assembly. She received awards for achievement in Spanish language study. She was this year's recipient of the Andrew Nelson Lytle Writing Award given each year to the student whose fiction is judged to be worthy of note. Her junior year, Sam completed an independent study on shelter dog psychology and behavior. She is a competitive horseback rider. Sam will be attending Colorado State University where she received a Dean's Scholarship. She is the daughter of Stephen (StA '59) and Jacqueline Kennard. In reflecting on her time at SAS, Sam wrote, "I have loved each of my four years at St. Andrew's-Sewanee. I grew immensely as a person and established relationships that will last long after high school. SAS is a unique place that gives individuals all the tools they could ever need to succeed in life and I am so thankful that I was able to go there."

Joseph McDonough is a seven-year dat student from Sewanee, Tenn. Joe was an Honors student and a member of the house leadership and Dub (spirit) Club. He was a four-year two-sport athlete, playing soccer and basketball and was named to the All-District Soccer Team. Joe took acting classes at SAS and performed as Zeus in the play Metamorphoses. He volunteered in the community as a Franklin County Soccer Association U-6 coach. Joe was this year's recipient of the Betty Guyear Condra Perseverance Award given by the faculty to the individual whose perseverance in academics and extra-curricular activities is outstanding. Joe will attend Clark University on a tuition exchange scholarship. He is the son of Chris McDonough and Kelly Malone.

Bailey McLean is a four-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. He is an Honors student and an SAS Ambassador. Over the years, Bailey has been a member of the climbing team, the History Club, and the radio station. He competed in soccer, football, track, and wrestling, earning Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player honors in wrestling and the Most Improved Player and Coaches' Award in football. He was captain of the football and wrestling teams and was MTAC Bowl Game Eligible in football. This summer, Bailey will participate in the school's Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Project. Bailey is an Eagle Scout and recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award. In the fall, he will attend University of North Georgia. Bailey is the son of Brian and Beth McLean.

Jingyan "Elva" Mi is a three-year boarding student from Hangzhou, China. She is an Honors student who contributed to her community by volunteering at a recycling center. Elva will attend University of Washington in Seattle. Elva is the daughter of Mi Da and Han Xiuping.

Zhewei "Tom" Mi is a three-year boarding student from Hangzhou, China. He is an Honors student. Over the years, Tom has participated in International Club, Math Club, and Yearbook. His senior year, he was a member of the varsity basketball team. Tom plans to attend Penn State University in the fall. He is the son of Mi Da and Han Xiuping.

Meredith Miller is a two-year boarding student from Fairview, Tenn. She is a High Honors student and was vice president of Christabel House, a member of the Random Acts of Kindness club, and a participant in the school's theatre and varsity tennis programs and the Jamaica Outreach trip. Meredith received this year's Algebra III, Statistics & Probability award. She completed French III as an independent study and took Principles of Psychology at the University of the South. Meredith was accepted to the Governor's School for the Arts and worked with the Youth Council for Nashville Sexual Assault Center. Next year, she will be attending American University of Paris. Meredith is the daughter of David and Vivi Miller.

Matthew Mollica is a five-year day student from Monteagle, Tenn. Matthew was a proctor and Honors student who has received special recognition in Spanish language study. Over the years he has participated in climbing team, History Club, Outdoor Club, Boy Scouts, International Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a four-year member of the varsity Mountain Biking Team and varsity level NICA racer. He is a two-time recipient of the Coaches' Award for Mountain Biking and received this year's G. Sanford McGee Outing Award. He participated in track and swimming in his earlier years. Matthew balanced his academic and extracurricular activities with work in the construction industry. In the fall, he will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Matthew is the son of Pete and Jill Mollica.

Meilin "Fiona" Qian is a four-year boarding student from Guangzhou, China. She was an Honors student and SAS Ambassador. Fiona took advantage of the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South, this year taking Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Macroeconomics. She will attend Northeastern University. Fiona is the daughter of Qian Weiyuan and He Chune.

Tyeler Rawlins is a two-year day student from New Hope, Tenn. She is a High Honors student, has received recognition for her Latin studies, and received this year's Functional Pottery award. She helped to create the school's yearbook, The Phoenix. During her high school career, Tyeler worked at Sonic and as a volunteer at the Tennessee Aquarium. Following a gap year, she will enroll in Bangor University in Wales with an International Student Scholarship. Tyeler is the daughter of Kim Rawlins. In reflecting on her SAS career, Tyeler wrote, "All of my teachers at SAS have been extremely kind, understanding, and supportive. The relationships you develop with teachers are some of the best parts of attending SAS."

Genevieve Rogers is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. She is a High Honors student, president of the Cum Laude Society, an SAS Ambassador, on the school's Honor Council, service coordinator of Gorgas House, and has received honors in language, math, and writing. She was recipient of this year's Sewanee Poetry Award. Genevieve participated in the school's Creative Expression Assemblies and the Global and Local Outreach, History, and Write Clubs, as well as the Gay Straight Alliance. This year, she was president of ECO-SAS and was chosen by her classmates to be co-presenter of her class's Senior Gift and Banner. Genevieve was active in the school's theatre program, performing or working tech on six years of shows. She enrolled in courses in World Politics and Study of Asian Religions in the West at the University of the South. Her other activities included attending Governor's School in the Humanities, participating in the Jamaica and Mountain T.O.P. service programs, and volunteering with the Morton Memorial Methodist Church food ministry. As she looked back on her SAS career, Genevieve especially valued the opportunity to visit New York City with other theatre students during her freshman year. Genevieve will be attending Columbia University in the fall. She is the daughter of Linda Heck and Clayton Rogers.

Samuel Sain is a three-year day student from Manchester, Tenn. He was an Honors student and volunteered in his community with the Sportsmen & Businessmen's Charitable Organization and One Day of Hope. He was honored with this year's Students Helping Out Weekly award. Samuel plans to attend University of Tennessee-Chattanooga or Chattanooga State. Hel is the son of William and Gina Sain.

Jack Simons is a four-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. Jack is a High Honors student and a member of the Cum Laude Society. He served the school as a Proctor, Honor Council member, and SAS Ambassador. Jack was captain of the MTAC Bowl Game Eligible varsity football team and participated in varsity track, Strength and Conditioning, and the school's radio station. He was president of the History and Anime Clubs. He received the schools Algebra I, World History I, Geometry, and US History awards. He is an Eagle Scout and constructed an aquaponic system for the SAS greenhouse as his Eagle Scout project. During the summers, Jack participated in both the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force's Summer Leadership Experiences. He also attended the Society of American Military Engineers/Army Engineering and Construction Camp and Boy Scout camps. In the fall, Jack will attend the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). He is the son of Rebecca Evangelista and Thomas Mondragon.

Sarah Simons is a four-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. She is an Honors student and proctor and has received academic awards in Spanish and Health & Fitness. Over the years, she has been a member of the Fashion, Spanish, Pep, and Debate Clubs. Sarah is a four-year varsity athlete having competed in basketball, soccer, and tennis. Her freshman year, she won the Coaches' Award in basketball. Sarah participated in an outreach trip to the White Earth Reservation and performed many service hours in Minnesota soup kitchens. Come fall, she will be studying nursing at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is the daughter son of Rebecca Evangelista and Thomas Mondragon.

Isabel Spinelli is a three-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. She is a High Honors student and proctor. Izzie received this year's Advanced Statistics award and received past recognition on the National Spanish Exam. She was a member of the varsity basketball, tennis, and volleyball teams. She earned Most Improved Player in volleyball her junior year and the Coaches' Award and Most Valuable Player her senior year. Izzie served as vacation bible school art program leader for Christ Church Greenville. In the fall, she will enroll at the University of the South as a recipient of the Quintard Award and the C. and M. Scott Scholarship. Izzie is the daughter of Michael and Erika Cannon and Duke Spinelli.

Dustin Stensby is a seven-year day student from Winchester, Tenn. He is an Honors student. Over the years, Dustin was a four-year, three-sport athlete, playing varsity football, baseball, and tennis. He received Most Valuable Player honors in football, was named to the MTAC All-Conference team, and was MTAC Bowl Game Eligible. He was named Most Improved Player in tennis. His junior year, he received the Coaches' Award in baseball. He participated in the school's Costa Rica Sea Turtle and Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Programs. Dustin will attend the University of the South in the fall, where he intends to play football. Dustin is the son of Jessica Stensby ('98) and stepson of Adam Latham

Emmanuel Thombs is a two-year boarding student from Raleigh, N.C. He is an Honors student and served SAS as a proctor and SAS Ambassador. As a junior, he participated in the school's Creative Expression Assembly. Emmanuel is a varsity member of the school's basketball and track teams and this year's MTAC Bowl Game Eligible football team. He broke the school's high jump record and was named Most Valuable track athlete. He was voted Most Improved Player in basketball his junior year. Emmanuel is a certified life guard, a two-year participant in the Sewanee Young Writers Conference, and participated in the North Carolina Clinical Education program. He will attend Wittenberg University under a Wittenberg Scholars award and intends to continue his track career there. Emmanuel is the son of Albert and Pamela Thombs.

Elsie Uwera is a three-year boarding student from Kigali, Rwanda. She was an Honors student who received special recognition for her Spanish studies. Elsie served as a proctor, a member of the Honor Council, an SAS Ambassador, and vice president of Turkington House. She received Coaches Awards' in soccer and basketball. She will attend Hollins University with an International Student Merit Award. Elsie is the daughter of Jean Kanyamuhanda and Beatrice Basabose.

Laurel Wall is a seven-year day student from Winchester, Tenn. She is an Honors student and volunteered at Sewanee Elementary School. Laurel will be attending Tennessee Tech in the fall. She is the daughter of Jeff and Alicia Wall.

Liesal Wall is a seven-year day student from Winchester, Tenn. She is an Honors student and was a four-year varsity track athlete and a two-year member of the volleyball team. Over the years, Liesal was a member of the yearbook staff and choir and served as vice president of Christabel House. She also volunteered at Sewanee Elementary School. She will be attending Tennessee Tech in the fall with a Golden Eagle Scholarship. In looking back on her SAS experience, Liesal wrote "The community is very loving and supportive. The teachers really get to know you." Liesal is the daughter of Jeff and Alicia Wall.

Lyndsey Wall is a seven-year day student from Winchester, Tenn. She is an Honors student and proctor. She volunteered at Sewanee Elementary School. Over the years, Lyndsey received Most Improved and Coaches' Awards in Track. Her sophomore year she was the service coordinator for Christabel House. Lyndsey will be attending Tennessee Tech in the fall with a Golden Eagle Scholarship. She is the daughter of Jeff and Alicia Wall.

Taylor Warmbrod is a two-year day student from Belvidere, Tenn. She is an Honors student, an SAS Ambassador, a member of the Senior Gift Committee, and participated in the school's Random Acts of Kindness Club and Strength & Conditioning program. She was a member of the varsity track and volleyball teams and is a certified lifeguard. This spring, she participated in a mission trip to Columbia with Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Taylor will be attending Tennessee Tech University in the fall. She is the daughter of Mark and Rebekah Warmbrod.

Christina Wheeler is a four-year boarding student from Haymarket, Va. She is a High Honors student. At this year's Honors Day, she was inducted into the Cum Laude Society and received the Danny Griffiths Award for Excellence in English which is given to a senior who has demonstrated versatility and excellence in writing. Christina was a member of the Honor Council, an SAS Ambassador, president of Christabel House, and a student representative to the Curriculum Committee. Over the years, she received recognition in chemistry, biology, and art. She played two years of varsity soccer and two years of junior varsity tennis, receiving the Most Improved tennis player award this year. Christina participated in the school's Art on the Rise exhibition her sophomore and junior years. She completed independent study of Python coding language, anatomy, and physiology. She participated with St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program and participated in the North Carolina State Agricultural Engineering Camp and the Northeastern University Summer Immersion program. She also took wood-turning lessons. Christina will attend Northeastern University under a Dean's Scholarship. She intends to study bioengineering. In looking back on her high school experience, Christina wrote "SAS is made up of so many caring people who have so much love to give. I am undeniably grateful for every minute I've been able to attend this beautiful school. I will always remember my amazing teachers and classmates who truly made high school a time in my life worth remembering forever." Christina is the daughter of John and Ann Wheeler.

Yixuan "Ester" Yang is a four-year boarding student from Nanjing, China. She is a High Honors student, a member of the Honor Council, a proctor, and an SAS Ambassador. She received this year's Sewanee Military Academy Memorial Merit Award bestowed by a committee of SMA alumni who consider a student's academic excellence, athletic proficiency and accomplishments, and above all outstanding character both within and outside of the St. Andrew's-Sewanee community. She has received academic honors in math and science. She took full advantage of SAS's opportunity to take courses at The University of the South, taking classes in World Politics, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Introduction to Macroeconomics. Over the years, she has participated in the school's International Club, Math Club, and Anime Club. Ester is a four-year MVP and two-year captain for the varsity tennis team, a three-time state qualifier, and the 2017 State Runner-Up. She was named to the All-District tennis team this year and her team qualified for the Division II-A State tournament. She also participated on the school's swim team and basketball team, earning Most Improved Swimmer her junior year. She was named SAS's 2018 Best Female Athlete. Ester will attend the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the daughter of Senli and Qi Yang.

Blaise Zeitler is a seven-year day student from Sewanee, Tenn. He is a proctor and SAS Ambassador. Blaise was named this year's Best Male Athlete. He participated in cross country, basketball, baseball, football, and track and field. He received Most Improved Player honors his freshman year in baseball and was named MVP in basketball his sophomore and senior years. He scored over 1,000 points in basketball and was named to the All-District basketball team three times. He was also named an All-Star in football and was part of this year's MTAC Bowl Game Eligible team. Blaise was president of the school's Dub (spirit) Club and a member of the Christian Athletes and Race Awareness & Dialogue Clubs. He was an avid participant in the school's film program and showed three of his films in Creative Expression Assemblies. As part of his service commitment, he helped to maintain the SAS Farm and participated in the school's Jamaica service trip. Blaise will attend Millsaps College, where he received tuition exchange. In reflecting on his time at SAS, Blaise noted, "SAS has been amazing. I will not forget how well it set me up for a successful future."

Zhaoqi Zhang joined St. Andrew's-Sewanee School as boarding student in January of his freshman year. Zhang was an Honors student, proctor, and past recipient of the school's Students Helping Out Weekly (SHOW) award. He was a four-year varsity athlete in tennis and a three-year member of the varsity mountain biking team. He earned the Most Improved Player and Coaches' Award in tennis and was a three-year MVP in mountain biking. Zhang enjoyed the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South and enrolled in World Politics, Calculus II, Macroeconomics, and Linear Algebra. He was a member of the school's Barbell, Cycling, and International Clubs. He will be attending Ohio State University and intends to major in mechanical engineering, Zhang is the son of Zhang Weifeng and Zhao Jin of Shenzhen, China.

Yihao "Steven" Zhou is a four-year boarding student from Shanghai, China. Steven is an Honors student and served as a proctor. He was named Most Valuable Player for the school's varsity soccer team and was a member of the school's MTAC Bowl Game Eligible football team. Steven took advantage of the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South and completed Calculus I and II this year. He will be attending Purdue University. Steven is the son of Zhu Kangrong and Shi Qunfei.

Calendar

    • FriDec14 Quarter 2 Ends
    • FriDec14 Tacky Sweater Day
    • FriDec14 Anime Club Meeting 10:00 AM to 10:30 AMWade Hall Rm 107
    • FriDec14 Chinese Culture Club Meeting 10:00 AMSimmonds Rm 23


    • FriDec14 Christmas Tree Decorating 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMSt. Andrew's Chapel
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