Academic All-Stars Archive

2013-14 Academic All-Stars

 Name

 

 Category of Excellence

 

 Date

 Nikki Shah    General Scholarship    October 6, 2013
 Sarah Timmins    General Scholarship    October 13, 2014
 Tara VanCleave    Foreign Language    October 27, 2013
 Emily Summers    Social Sciences & History    November 24, 2013
 Theresa Stoddard    General Scholarship    December 1, 2013
 Kayla Williamson    English & Literature    December 15, 2013
 Andrew Lee    Music    December 29, 2013
 Kate Walsh    Science    January 12, 2014
 Sydney Valadie    Drama & Speech    February 23, 2014
 Morgan Patrick    General Scholarship     March 2, 2014
 Rachel Hofer    Science    March 30, 2014

Nikki Shah

Winner in General Scholarship

Nikki, a senior, holds a 4.86 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT with a perfect 36 in English and a 35 in math. Currently tied for the number one rank in a senior class of 237 students, Nikki also scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT. She has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction, receiving top scores of “5” on the Chemistry, Psychology and World History AP exams. In addition, Nikki is an outstanding foreign language student, earning highest average awards in Latin I, Latin II and Latin III Honors classes. On the National Latin Exam, she received Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude awards. She placed second in the film category in the Memphis Latin Festival, co-writing, directing and acting in a short film about Roman mythology. She also placed second in the costume competition. Nikki is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. She volunteers with St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics, Shelby Farms Starry Nights and Bright Glade Nursing Home.


Sarah Timmins

Winner in General Scholarship

Sarah, a senior, has an insatiable intellectual curiosity. She holds a 4.86 weighted grade point average and scored 35 on the ACT with a perfect score of 36 on the English, Science and Reading sections of the test. She currently is tied for the number one rank in a senior class of 237 students. Her wide-ranging talents are seen in her broad interests, which include the pursuit of scientific enlightenment, public speaking, political science, athletics and the arts. With her work ethic and academic success, Sarah was one of 60 students across the country to receive the inaugural AAU Academic All-American Award for excellence in athletics and academics. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT. She was selected to attend the Tennessee Governor’s School for Computational Physics. In addition, she earned the Magna Cum Laude distinction on the National Latin Exam. Sarah is Knowledge Bowl Captain, vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta and a Student Ambassador. She created a peer tutoring group and volunteers for the “American Sign Language as a Second Language” group and Special Olympics.

Tara VanCleave

Winner in Foreign Language

Tara, a senior, is a top scholar and leader. She holds a 4.33 weighted grade point average and scored 31 on the ACT. Currently, she is taking German IV Honors. In addition to learning the language, she enjoys learning about the German culture. At home, Tara often speaks German to her parents without even noticing. She also has studied Spanish for eight years. An involved student, Tara is president of the Key Club, a club dedicated to community service, and is a two-time officer in the German Club. She has been inducted into the National Honor Society and earned highest average awards in German I, II and III, and in Pre-Calculus. She is a member of Teens for Life, the Mock Trial Team and the Chamber Choir. She appeared in the school’s production of “The Sound of Music.” Tara wants to be a veterinarian and is committed to this dream. She shadowed veterinarians this past summer, observing surgeries and patient-doctor interactions. She helps with the Echo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs ride horses.

Kayla Williamson

English & Literature

Kayla, a senior, has a love for the study of English and enjoys creative writing. She holds a 4.38 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT with a perfect 36 on the English section of the test. She has taken a rigorous curriculum filled with AP and honors classes as well as Dual Enrollment English. She earned a perfect ‘5’ on the AP English exam. She is an insightful and prolific writer who combines passion with skill. A member of the newspaper staff, Kayla has a true gift for writing. After being on the staff a week, she was promoted to copy editor because of her ease with grammar and proofreading. She now reads every word before it is published. In the first grade, Kayla wrote Halloween stories about “Hello Kitty” chasing zombies. Since then, she has turned her own ideas into flowing, brilliant stories on a page. Recently, she finished her first full-length work, a short story titled “Killer Reflexes.” Kayla is a Student Ambassador, a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Latin Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

Emily Summers

Winner in Social Sciences & History

Emily, a senior, is a top student who plays an important role in her school and community. She holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. She currently ranks sixth in a class of 237 seniors. In her study of history and social sciences, Emily has taken AP U.S. History, Honors World History, AP Government, Humanities and Economics and scored a top ‘5’ on the AP U.S History exam. With a love for different cultures, Emily plans to study anthropology in college. In her Humanities class, she is an active participant in discussions that analyze cultural patterns and apply the Cultural Epoch Theory to various peoples. She has a unique ability to pull from numerous sources including religious, artistic, political, historical and economic to arrive at explanations for human behavior and societal patterns. Emily is a member of the Rho Kappa History Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Junior Classical League. She volunteers with Service Over Self and at a soup kitchen. She also regularly tutors in history and trigonometry.

Theresa Stoddard

General Scholarship

Theresa, a senior, is an outstanding student and athlete. She holds a 4.57 weighted grade point average and score 35 on the ACT. She is a National Merit Commended Student and currently ranks in the top five of her class of 237 seniors. She has taken a difficult course load filled with AP, Honors and Dual Enrollment classes. She has a strong work ethic and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. Captain of the varsity soccer team, Theresa has learned to balance academics with sports and other extracurricular activities. She also is on the basketball and track teams. She received the Student Athlete Award of merit the last three years and the Iron Eagle Award for being a three-sport athlete. Theresa’s love for others can be seen every day as she volunteers at the Ave Maria Nursing Home and at Highpoint Church. She serves her peers and other youth as an academic tutor and youth soccer coach.


Andrew Lee

Winner in Music

Andrew, a senior, excels academically and musically. He holds a 4.4 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT. He is a National Merit Commended Student and is ranked in the top ten percent of his senior class. He has placed every year at the very top level of All-West. He plays flute for the Germantown Youth Symphony and bass in both the Jazz Ensemble and Soul Band (auditions are required for these groups). Andrew was an integral part of last year’s Soul Band that was honored by “DownBeat” magazine as the Best Pop/Rock/Blues Band in its annual Student Music Awards. According to his band instructor, Andrew has the proficiency and theory knowledge of a college student. He founded Myung Kim’s Flute Studio Choir, which he organized to play for residents of nursing homes, retirement homes and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In addition, he is the bass player in the local Trey Jewell Band (country genre). Andrew has been elected class president for the past three years. He is a School Ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Key Club. 

Kate Walsh

Winner in Science

Kate, a senior, is a dedicated AP and Honor student who is passionate about learning. She holds a 4.71 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. She currently ranks in the top three of a class of 237 seniors. This year she is taking Dual Enrollment English, AP Calculus, AP U.S. Government, AP Psychology and Honors French IV. She scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar. She earned top scores of ‘5’ on the AP English Language and AP U.S. History exams. In addition, Kate was accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities. She is treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta, two-time president of the National French Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa History Fraternity. She has been vice president of the Chinese Club and treasurer of both the Art and French Clubs. A student ambassador, Kate volunteers with Special Olympics Day, the Ave Maria Nursing Home, Birthright, the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and the St. Jude Marathon.

Sydney Valadie

Winner in Drama & Speech

Sydney, a senior, is an outstanding student, who is equally gifted in music, drama and public speaking. She holds a 4.0 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. One of her most valuable talents in the drama department is her work behind the scenes as a seamstress, makeup designer and scenic painter. She was assistant director for “West Side Story” and has been submitted for consideration for the 2014 Orpheum Musical Theatre Awards for her work on costumes, props, sets and directing. As a performer, Sydney has demonstrated excellent vocal range and growth, venturing from Shakespeare to classic American drama to zany Russian farce. She quickly joined the school’s new Forensics Team and won first place in her first tournament. She has been inducted into the International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, National French Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She was accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for Technical Theater. She auditioned and was cast as Glenda in “The Wiz” at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center. Sydney uses her stage technical skills to help several middle schools with their musical and dramatic productions.

 

Morgan Patrick

Winner in General Scholarship

Morgan, a senior, is an exceptional student who excels in the study of math and science. She holds a 4.3 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT, with a perfect 36 on the science portion and a near-perfect 35 on the English portion of the test. She currently ranks in the top 10 percent of a class of 237 seniors. She has taken a course load filled with AP and Honors classes. She has been tapped for the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Rho Kappa History Honor Society. An involved student, Morgan is vice-president of the senior class, a team leader for Students for Life, a Student Ambassador, Senior Retreat Leader and Business Manager for the yearbook staff. She also has been a four-year starter on the softball team. She received the “Bobby Russell” Scholarship for an essay on what education means to her. Morgan takes community service to heart. She holds several leadership positions and is always willing to serve. She was a member of the 2013 Relay for Life and currently is working on a Habitat for Humanity project.

Rachel Hofer

Winner in Science

Rachel, a senior, is an excellent student who has a natural aptitude for scientific reasoning. She holds a 4.75 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT. She currently is enrolled in AP Physics B, AP Calculus, AP Economics, AP Government, AP Statistics and Dual Enrollment English. She also has taken AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP World History and AP English Language. She is a National Merit Commended Student and an AP Scholar with Honors. She has been selected for the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. With a plan to major in chemistry in college, Rachel has taken the most challenging courses available. She hopes to pursue a career in medical research. She received the highest average award for AP Chemistry. In addition, Rachel is co-editor of the school newspaper, which has been recognized for excellence. She also held positions of page editor and graphic design editor. She is a Student Ambassador, member of the Key Club and German Club. One of Rachel’s favorite volunteer efforts is tutoring for the Dyslexia Foundation of Memphis. She also is active with the Missionaries of Charity Home, where she cooks and serves meals to the needy.