Good for you: Lookout Valley's mother, son valedictorians

Good for you: Lookout Valley's mother, son valedictorians

June 6th, 2014 in Life Entertainment

Twenty years after Kristen Clounch was valedictorian of the Lookout Valley High School class of 1994, her son, Chase, was valedictorian of the LVHS class of 2014. Kristen Clounch is a math teacher at the school.

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Alex Michael Quinn

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Quinn is Gordon Lee valedictorian

Alex Michael Quinn, son of Carl and Pam Quinn, was named valedictorian of the 2014 class of Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga.

At Gordon Lee, Quinn was captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, president of the National Honor Society and a delegate to the 2014 Georgia Youth Leadership Summit. He volunteered with Special Olympics and WOW Kids Inner City Ministry.

He plans to begin a nine-month mission program with World Race Gap Year in September, after which he will attend The College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to major in Christian studies and global studies.

Clements honored at North Georgia school

Three dozen members of the University of North Georgia's Corps of Cadets were presented military awards and scholarships during the annual Boar's Head Brigade Military Awards Review, held in conjunction with the university's Alumni Weekend.

Cadet Spec. Jesse Clements of LaFayette, Ga., received the North Georgia Eagle Leadership Award Scholarship during the annual review. He is the son of Catherine and Charles Handley of LaFayette and is majoring in history at UNG.

Joshua Drake Everett

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Everett is Ivy's top student

Joshua Drake Everett, son of Marla Everett, was named valedictorian of Ivy Academy's class of 2014. He plans to attend Chattanooga State Community College then transfer to Full Sail University to study gaming theory and programming.

Students at Governor's Schools

Sixty-one students from across Tennessee are participating in two Governor's Schools being held on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

These month-long residential educational programs allow rising high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit in five weeks of study.

Area students among the 30 attending Governor's School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis are Brooklyn P. Runyan, Dayton; David A. Condra, Nicholas R. Lobo and Ruchi Shah, Hixson; Michelle Hoang and Nathan M. Liu, Ooltewah; and Evan R. Majic, Signal Mountain.

Thirty-one students are participating in the Governor's School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, coordinated by ETSU's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services.

Area participants include Aimee Kittle and Whitney Spake, Chattanooga; Skylar Kelley, Cleveland; Emily Masters and Shelbi Releford, Monteagle; Cheyenne Carpenter, Ooltewah; Hannah Meller, Signal Mountain; and Lily Haskins, Lookout Mountain.

Taylor Pels

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Pels receives Holy Cross scholarship

Taylor Pels, a May graduate of Girls Preparatory School, is one of six entering freshmen at the College of the Holy Cross to receive its Sheehan Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award.

At GPS, Pels was a member of the National Honor Society, the Curie Society, GPS Ambassadors, Cum Laude honor society, co-editor of the yearbook, varsity cheerleader and a member of the Science Olympiad. She was also a National Merit Commended student.

Ramos graduates with perfect attendance

Julian Ramos graduated in the Ringgold High School class of 2014 with perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade. He will attend Armstrong University in Savannah, Ga., to major in rehabilitation science.

Ramos says he did get sick during his 13 years of school, but it was "when school was out for long breaks like Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Wilson Randle

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McCallie grad awarded Chinese scholarship

McCallie School graduate Wilson Randle has received a National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship and will study in China this summer. Wilson, son of Daniel and Carol Randle, will attend the University of Southern California this fall.

"Wilson was an outstanding student in the classroom," says McCallie's Upper School Chinese teacher Marcus Murphy. "But what set him apart was the fact that he was one of the only students who consistently engaged our native Chinese speakers outside the classroom. He was always involved in Chinese Club activities."

The National Security Language Initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less-commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

Austin receives Davidson scholarship

Kyhl Alexander Austin, a May graduate of Chattanooga Christian School, has received the Thompson S. and Sarah S. Baker-Vagt Scholarship from Davidson College. He is the son of Lesley and Deron Austin of Ooltewah

A part of The Davidson Trust, the Baker-Vagt scholarship was established by Ted and Ann Baker, with Davidson's 16th president, Robert F. "Bobby" Vagt, and his wife, Ruth Anne, to recognize students who exhibit leadership skills, academic excellence, outstanding personal qualities proven through school and community activities and a demonstrated work ethic. The award is offered to only three students in each entering class, according to a Davidson news release.