2011 Young Women of Distinction

2011 Young Women of Distinction

April 30th, 2011 in Local Regional News

Left to right: Anna Ioannidis, Janelle Tonge, Hannah Jumper and Nisha Boyington


Hannah Jumper is a leader who has excelled throughout her Baylor career. She is a trifold leader in the classroom, volunteer organizations and athletics.

Hannah, with a 3.9 GPA, many AP and honors classes to her credit, is a three-term member of the Honor Society. She was also recognized as an emerging leader as an Abshire Fellow, which took her on an 8-day experiential study trip to Washington as part of the David Abshire Leadership Program.

Currently Student Council President, she represented her class for three years prior. She has been active in Habitat for Humanity, Helping the Hungry, Young Life, FCA, and as a Peer Tutor and Red Circle at Baylor.

For the last two years, Hannah has achieved her goal of individual cross country state champion - the first ever for a Baylor female, but more important to her, she led her team to a repeat then a three-peat of the state team title. She also represented the USA in the Slovenian Alps and led the Baylor charge at the Nike Team Regionals. In track, she was 2010 state champion for the 800m, 1600m and 3200m. Hannah will continue her academics and running at the highest levels by attending Vanderbilt University next fall.


Anna Georgia Ioannidis, a senior at Silverdale Baptist Academy, has distinguished herself in academics, athletics, music and service. She currently has a 4.2 GPA, has won many academic awards at Silverdale and is valedictorian of her class. She has served as secretary of the school's Student Council and was chosen for the Valley Forge American Leaders Youth Summit.

Participating in varsity track and serving as captain of the soccer team at her school, Anna says that a highlight of her athletic career was her select soccer team's winning the state competition. Her piano teacher of seven years notes that Anna also has won many awards in music auditions, competitions and scholarships, and she has served as accompanist for the school's high school choir. She has contributed more than 40 hours to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and been part of a mission team to Costa Rica. Aspiring to be a physician, Anna last summer completed a medical internship at a hospital in Greece.


Nisha Chapnerkar Boyington, who will graduate from Girls Preparatory School in May, has been a leader at her school, in her community and on the national level. A strong student who has taken a variety of Advanced Placement mathematics and science courses, she has been an avid participant in the GPS Science Olympiad and a consistent award winner at UTC's annual engineers' fair. Nisha is also well known as a dancer and has been a member of the select Terpsichord dance troupe at GPS.

In the community Nisha has been part of the YMCA Youth Leadership program and on the leadership team of Girls Inc., as well as a longtime volunteer at the Creative Discovery Museum. Well known in Chattanooga's international community, Nisha has been a driving force in the GPS Global Ambassadors. She also is the creator and leader of Chattanooga's Global Youth Leadership Class, a year-long program for teens; during this past year some 30 students from 12 public and private schools participated. Serving as Under-Secretary General for the Model UN was another role she enjoyed.

A nominator says, "When I think of a young woman of distinction, someone set apart from her peers, someone outstanding as a thinker and ethical citizen, I think first and foremost of Nisha. When I think of the future, I think of Nisha."


As a passionate advocate for health services for youth, Janelle Tonge is already making her leadership felt at the state and national level as well as locally in Chattanooga. In 2008, Janelle joined the Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga Project IMPACT Leadership Team, becoming a peer educator for girls throughout Hamilton County on ways to prevent infant mortality. In addition to her peer mentoring role, Janelle became a voice for young people's health needs with legislators in Nashville and Washington, D.C.

Following a tour of a school-based clinic in New York City, Janelle returned to Chattanooga with a dream to see a similar health clinic opened in her school, Brainerd High School. Working closely with local education and health officials, she has moved that dream closer to reality - she was recently informed that funding is being pursued to open the clinic.

Janelle serves as vice president of the Brainerd High School Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America and her high school yearbook committee.