Area High School Alumni Take on the World
These graduates have accomplished incredible things and enjoyed great successes since their high school years. Their talents and passions have taken them to the country’s most prestigious universities, across the globe, and in some cases, right back to the Scenic City. So what’s putting them on the map? Read about it here.
By Mary Beth Wallace
HITTING THE TARGET
Josh Brady | Silverdale Baptist Academy, Class of 2016
While a student at Silverdale, Josh played football and served as student body president and FCA president. He earned a full football scholarship to Jacksonville State University and was a four-year starter, making 497 snaps while becoming the first two-time All-American long snapper in school history. He was also a team captain and two-year president of the Leadership Council. Josh is currently serving as a graduate assistant coach at JSU while pursuing his master’s degree and training for an opportunity as an NFL long snapper.
IMAGINING A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Shanna Crumley | Collegedale Academy, Class of 2008
Shanna is an innovation advisor at the NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, where she uses human-centered design to tackle social challenges. Her global public service began in high school and led her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, co-found a social enterprise, and work with the United Nations in human rights and refugee policy. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
COMPETING IN THE COURTROOM
Mithon’Ai Paul | East Ridge High School, Class of 2019
Mithon’Ai is in her first year at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and competes with UTK’s mock trial team. Mithon’Ai first became interested in political science as a member of East Ridge High School’s Civics Club, where she participated in Southeastern High School Model United Nations, Youth in Government, and the Conference on National Affairs. She is majoring in pre-law and double minoring in sociology and political science. She plans to attend UTK School of Law after graduation.
BREAKING THE NEWS
Dan Kennedy | Baylor School, Class of 2009
After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2013, Dan began his promising journalism career as an investigative reporter and morning anchor at WRCB, right here in Chattanooga. In 2016, he moved to Nashville as a field reporter for the city’s number one TV station, News Channel 5, and was recognized with two Emmy awards for his work on breaking news. Since 2018, Dan has been the morning and noon anchor for WVEC 13NEWSNOW in Norfolk, Virginia. Dan and his wife, Kelly, are avid runners.
A FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Dinah Carlton | Heritage High School, Class of 2015
During her time at Heritage High, Dinah showed a passion for science and environmental conservation – she planted trees, planned Earth Day events, and installed rain barrel systems. Upon graduation, she applied to the University of Georgia to study natural resource management and sustainability. Dinah worked in campus labs researching water quality and was named “Most Outstanding Senior in Natural Resource Management and Sustainability” in 2019. Dinah now works for an Athens-based environmental consulting company, and she’s pursing a master’s degree from Georgia State University.
ON THE BALL
Kentrell Evans | Brainerd High School, Class of 2017
While a student at Brainerd High School, Kentrell shone on the basketball court. As a three-time All-State player, he was instrumental in the Panthers’ success – his team made three consecutive trips to the Class AA state tournaments. Kentrell is continuing his basketball career at Lee University, where he’s currently a redshirt sophomore playing point guard. In the 2019-20 season, Kentrell amassed nearly 200 points and more than 700 minutes of playing time for the Flames.
A BALANCING ACT
Maddie Wright | Boyd Buchanan School, Class of 2016
After playing varsity basketball at Boyd Buchanan, Maddie went on to play at Belmont University, where she won four regular season titles and played in three NCAA March Madness games. The 6-foot-1 forward has balanced her impressive collegiate basketball career, which includes 35 double-digit scoring games, with clinicals as she pursues a degree in nursing. Maddie will graduate from Belmont in May, and she hopes to work in pediatrics and eventually pursue her nurse practitioner’s degree.
DEVELOPING FOR DISNEY
David Bowman | McCallie School, Class of 2015
David is a graduate of Princeton University, where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He interned for a health care advocacy NGO in Madrid, Spain, in 2018, and the following year, he began working full-time for The Walt Disney Company as a global business development analyst. In this role, David and his team create holistic development strategies for the global Parks & Resorts business and Disney’s Licensing and Retail businesses, focusing on new business development and strategic initiatives across Disney’s theme parks, resorts, cruise lines, stores, and more.
NOTICED BY THE NFL
Tre Herndon | East Hamilton High School, Class of 2014
A standout student athlete at East Hamilton High School, Tre was a three-year starter for the Hurricanes football team while also lettering in basketball and track. His senior year, Tre was awarded a scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt University. After a successful collegiate career, Tre was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he is now a second-year cornerback on the team. Following his first NFL season, Tre returned to the Scenic City to host an event – Humbling Hands – that fed more than 200 people at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.
HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK
Anne Marie Rowe | Chattanooga Christian School, Class of 2009
An avid sports enthusiast with a passion for people and business, Anne Marie is living her dream as the manager of research, intelligence, and analytics for the Boston Red Sox. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Covenant College and an internship with the Red Sox, Anne Marie was hired in 2013 as a program assistant for the Red Sox Foundation. Seven years later, she has transitioned to the Business Intelligence & Analytics team and uses data to implement initiatives to increase fan engagement and drive revenue.
A FUTURE IN FOOTBALL
Kareem Orr | Notre Dame High School, Class of 2015
After receiving a flood of offers to play college football, high school senior Kareem made the decision to head west to Arizona State University. In his first year at Arizona, he set the program’s freshman record and finished seventh nationally in interceptions. He transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for his junior season, and by his senior season, he was receiving First Team All-Southern Conference recognition. Kareem was signed by the Tennessee Titans in 2019, and he made eight tackles in his debut game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13.
SHARPENING HIS SKILLS
Noah Alonge | Grace Baptist Academy, Class of 2014
Noah is both a certified surgical technologist at CHI Memorial and the sole proprietor of local startup ChattaKnives. After graduating from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Noah earned his degree in surgical technology from Chattanooga State. In 2017, he began selling his own handmade custom knives, cutlery, and tools, branding the business ChattaKnives. Noah moved to Red Bank, where he is building an upgraded shop space to grow his passion for bladesmithing. He was recently engaged to his fiancée, Emily Rush, and continues to build his business.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Cole Bullock | Red Bank High School, Class of 2019
As a distance runner on Red Bank’s cross-country and track teams, Cole held every school record from the 800-meter to the 5,000-meter run. His talent and dedication earned him a full athletic scholarship to the University of Mississippi, where he was named the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year at the end of the fall season. He also helped Ole Miss win the SEC Championship by placing ninth at the championship match. Cole is studying general engineering at Ole Miss.
A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
Hallie Heald | Girls Preparatory School, Class of 2010
Hallie committed to paint one 12×12-inch portrait a day during her senior year at Westmont College. By the time she graduated with a degree in studio art, she had amassed an impressive portfolio, as well as established a dedicated work ethic. Hallie moved to New York to become a full-time artist, and she’s since illustrated The Women Who Made New York and painted many commissioned portraits. In 2019, she published her latest book, 41 Reasons I’m Staying In: A Celebration of Introverts, which is filled with humorous illustrations offering a unique look into the private world of introverts.
Chantz Yanagida | Hixson High School, Class of 2015
Chantz developed a passion for 3D printers during his four years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His senior year, he designed a device and special software that solved heating issues related to 3D printers. Chantz is now determined to help K-12 students use digital fabrication equipment to learn hands-on skills for future technology jobs. To accomplish his vision, he founded eLab Repairs. The company produces education technology to help students learn how to repair 3D printers, CNC routers, laser cutters, and more.
BRINGING HIS VISION TO LIFE
Slater Goodson | St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Class of 2013
In middle school, Slater was already making videos. His first subjects were love, heartbreak, and hanging out, and in some ways, they still are. As a film student at Belmont University, Slater quickly took advantage of his Nashville location to break into the music scene. He now runs two production companies and splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, making music videos for talents like Cameron Dallas, Lucie Silvas, Luke Bryan, Yelawolf, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Conor Matthews, Dreamer Boy, and more.
SERVING HIS COUNTRY
Tyler Croft | Cleveland High School, Class of 2012
After being accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, Tyler demonstrated his ability to take on multiple tasks by maintaining a 3.0 GPA while being a captain of the boxing team – ultimately earning a third-place finish in the National Collegiate Boxing Association. Following his graduation from West Point in 2016, Tyler was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was soon deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Tyler now serves as the battalion logistical officer in his second deployment in the United States European Command. CS