Allison, a senior, is a well-rounded student who excels not only in the classroom but also in many extracurricular activities and clubs. She holds a 4.48 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. She currently is ranked fourth in a class of 235 seniors. Known for her leadership, Allison is a Student Ambassador, a Senior Retreat Leader, a Bridge Builder and a member of the Key Club. She has been selected for the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She received a C Spire Academic All-Stars Award in the art category last year. Since her freshman year, Allison has received highest average awards in Geometry, Algebra II, Spanish II Honors, Anatomy Honors, Drawing and Painting and Pre-Calculus. She also received Excellence Awards in Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors and Advanced Art. This year, Allison was accepted into a Dual Enrollment English class through Christian Brothers University where she will earn college credit. Allison attends summer training workshops for Bridge Builders, volunteers with Special Olympics bowling and organizes Angel Tree collections and food drives. She participated in the Wolf River Clean-Up, a day when volunteers work to preserve nature by clearing trash from around the Wolf River Conservancy area. With a plan to study architecture in college, Allison has tackled the most difficult art courses offered to gain a thorough understanding of perspective, colors and basic design.
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Caroline, a senior, is an outstanding student who excels in the study of math and science. She holds a 4.54 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT. She is a four-year Honor Roll student while taking a rigorous course load of Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She received the academic excellence awards in Calculus and Physics. She also has been inducted in Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, and represented the school at the Tennessee Math Teachers Association competition at CBU. An effective leader, Caroline is treasurer of the Senior Class, a student ambassador and an officer in the St. Jude Club, and team captain of the varsity volleyball team. She also is a Student Government representative and member of the Recycling and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Clubs. Caroline has an interest in pursuing a pre-med degree in college. She is known for being dependable, reliable, creative and hard-working. Her work ethic both in and out of the classroom is a constant source of motivation for her classmates and fellow athletes. Caroline’s community service includes working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. She helped coordinate the school’s “Save the Pull Tab” campaign that surpassed previous years’ collections. The St. Jude Club delivered 72.4 pounds of pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House last spring has topped those numbers already this year. She also tutors in math and science.
Alanna, a senior, is an outstanding student who has a passion for literature and drama. She currently ranks first in a class of 235 seniors. She holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average while taking a course load filled with AP and Honors classes. She was accepted to attend two Tennessee Governor’s Schools and selected the Governor’s School for the Arts, which is by audition. During high school, Alanna has excelled in many areas earning awards for the highest average in Honors English I, II and III, Honors World History, Theology III and Honors Spanish III. She also received excellence awards in Honors Physical Science, Honors Biology, Honors Spanish II, Honors Chemistry and Honors Pre-Calculus. Based on her score on the National Spanish Exam, she ranked in the upper 12% nationally. She is historian for Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, and secretary of the Spanish Club. Alanna has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. She won first place in the schools first “Poetry Out Loud” competition with a powerful rendition of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Time Does Not Bring Relief.” She is an integral member of the Show Choir and Drama Group, which has won competition awards. Recently, Alanna played the pivotal role of Yonah in the production of “Children of Eden.” She has appeared in numerous other musical and dramatic shows and performed a scene from the school’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain” at the First Annual Orpheum High School Musical Awards. Alanna’s extensive record of community service includes volunteering with Special Olympics, the Down Syndrome Walk, Mid-South Food Bank collections, HopeWorks, Inc., King’s Sons & Daughters and the Ave Maria Nursing Home. She also enjoys serving as a counselor at Drama Camp for elementary school students.
Marissa, a senior, demonstrates an impressive drive and commitment to learning. She holds a 4.05 weighted grade point average and scored 31 on the ACT with a 34 in the English category. She was selected to attend Girls State. She currently is enrolled in AP English Literature. She took AP English Language and Composition last year. She also was selected to attend Girls State and the StarTalk Program at Ole Miss, where she studied Mandarin. An aspiring journalist, Marissa excels in her work with the school newspaper as copy editor and editorial cartoonist. In addition to solid writing skills, she is excellent at layout. She has taken a keen interest in the overall appearance of the newspaper. She combines her drawing expertise, intelligence and somewhat comical view of student life to create “laugh-out-loud” cartoons. A highly motivated student, Marissa has been inducted into the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She is active with the Mock Trial Team, Engineering Club, Ecology Club, Key Club and French Club. She was selected by her classmates to the Honor Council.
Hayden, a senior, is a gifted student who is involved in all aspects of theater production at St. Benedict. She holds a 3.6 weighted grade point average and scored 28 on the ACT. She currently is thriving in the role of stage manager where she is called on by theater and music directors for any technical needs. After being chosen for the stage manager role as a sophomore, Hayden has become invaluable. She takes the job seriously and has actively worked to increase her knowledge of sound, lighting and set design and production. Her talents in the field have become known in the community where she was recommended for an internship as the personal assistant to the Stage Manager of Opera Memphis. She will hold that position during the second semester of school. When asked to stage-manage a community theater production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” she took on the job juggling rehearsals for that show with the opening of a school production of “Children of Eden.” She has managed the work expertly.
Paige, a senior, is a highly motivated and gifted contributor to St. Benedict’s music and drama departments. She holds a 4.2 weighted grade point average and scored a 28 on the ACT. She is an accomplished speaker and vocal performer. She has been a member of the school’s award-winning Celebration Troupe that has been recognized by the Orpheum in its High School Awards Ceremony. A talented vocalist, Paige was selected for the Show Choir her freshman year. She has been named to the All-West Honor Choir as first and second soprano and to the All-State Honor Choir as first alternate. She has performed in the musical productions of “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Oklahoma,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Grease,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Children of Eden.” She will have a prominent role in the spring production of “Anything Goes.” Paige is a member of the West Tennessee Youth Chorus and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry. She is an officer in the International Thespian Honor Society, a Student Ambassador and a member of Bridge Builders.
Renee, a senior, is a top science student who excels in every science course she takes. She holds a 4.5 weighted grade point average and scored 31 on the ACT. She currently is ranked in the top four of a 235 student senior class. This year her selection of courses includes AP Chemistry and Honors Physics. She balances academics with kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu classes. At the school’s annual awards ceremony, Renee earned the Excellence Award for Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry. She also received Highest Average Awards for AP World History, Latin II Honors and Latin III Honors. She has been tapped for induction into the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and National Society of High School Scholars. In addition, Renee was selected for WordSmith, TMTA math and Latin competitions. She has been a member of the Literary Club, Ecology Club and the Medical Club. She volunteers with the Special Olympics, Race for the Cure, the St. Ann 5K Run and the Ave Maria Home. She also tutors elementary students as well as her peers.
Thomas, a senior, is a top student who has a passion for learning. He holds a 4.5 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. He currently is ranked in the top four in a senior class of 235 students. He has received highest average awards in Honors Physical Science, Latin II, Honors Latin III, AP English Language and Sociology. He received Excellence Awards in Latin I, Honors Chemistry, Honors Pre-Calculus, Music and Geometry. Thomas was selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies last summer. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a member of the National Junior Classical League, the Knowledge Bowl Team, the Latin Club, Medical Club, Key Club and Teens for Life. He also is a member of the stage crew for school theatrical productions. An active volunteer, Thomas helps with the Memphis Interfaith Hospitality Network, More than a Meal, LifeBlood and the Special Olympics. Recently, he helped repair homes with the Service Over Self Program. He volunteers at his church as a sound technician, pianist and teacher.
Matt, a senior, is an excellent student who has a love for history. He holds a 4.42 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT with a perfect 36 on the English section of the test. He is ranked seventh in a class of 235 seniors. He earned a top score of ‘5’ on the exams for AP World History and AP U.S. History. He currently is enrolled in AP Economics, AP Government, AP Calculus, Physics Honors and Spanish IV Honors. A committed leader among his peers, Matt has served as treasurer of the Key Club. He also has been co-president and vice-president of SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions). He is a member of the Engineering Club and the varsity lacrosse team. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He received the Key Club Leadership and Dedication Award. Matt volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, the Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center and the Collierville Animal Shelter.
Josh, a senior, is an excellent student who excels in science and mathematics. He holds a 4.57 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. He will graduate with five science credits including Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Honors Anatomy/Physiology and Honors Physics. He is the president of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, and a senior retreat leader. Recently Josh represented the Engineering Club at “E-Day” competition and placed second in the Wind Power Category. He also represented the school in the Tennessee Math Teachers Association competition and the National History Day Competition, where he won the regional championship for his documentary on the debate over whether the United States should have dropped the atomic bomb. He has served as a Student Government class representative and as a member of the Knowledge Bowl Team. He is a member of the track and basketball teams. With a desire to help others, Josh has committed himself to tutoring struggling students. His love of basketball led him to be a volunteer coach. He also volunteers at a nursing home.