The Presidents Club

Student presidents are recognized as individuals gifted with vision who can lead their peers to a bigger and brighter future. They are held to the highest standard of integrity and grace under pressure, and they juggle extra responsibilities all while making sure they aren’t late to class. The 30 young men and women here are just some of the many chosen by their peers to represent their student bodies in the Chattanooga area. Accomplished in academics, athletics, and community service, they’re busy spearheading endeavors that will echo throughout the halls of their high schools and beyond.

 

Pres1Noah John Albritton  |  Senior, Ringgold High School, Class President
Noah is involved in multiple extracurricular activities at Ringgold High School. He takes pride in his involvement and leadership as band captain of the Ringgold Tiger Band. He also participates in a variety of school clubs including the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Honor Society, where he serves as president. He is also an avid outdoorsman and an Eagle Scout. Noah’s most extraordinary high school experience was a mission trip to Costa Rica. He plans to pursue a degree in actuarial science or mathematics.

Hannah Bagli  |  Senior, Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, Student Government President
Hannah has played an enthusiastic role in student government at CSAS for seven years. She is involved in many activities including the Paideia Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra. Outside of class she is active in her church’s youth group. During her free time she enjoys riding her horse and making the most of her senior year. She says her future plans are not finalized, but she plans on majoring in marketing.

Sarah Barnette  |  Senior, Cleveland High School, Student Body President
Not only is Sarah the student body president, but she acts as a captain of the color guard and winter guard teams,
the vice president of the Science National Honor Society, and the vice president of the Beta Club. She also takes part in both the Principal’s Advisory Council and the Faculty Leadership Team. Sarah has been honored as an Advanced Placement Scholar and a Commended Student for the National Merit Scholar Program. She is also in the National Honor Society and is one of 10 semi-finalists from the state of Tennessee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. This year she was crowned the 2015-2016 Homecoming Queen. Following graduation, she plans to double major in journalism and English literature.

Amber Bell  |  Senior, Walker Valley High School, Student Body President
Amber has been diligent throughout her high school career, participating in the Anchor, Science, and Beta clubs. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking  a number of advanced placement and honors courses. She was awarded a Chamber of Commerce youth leader award, elected an American Legion Volunteer Girls State Senator, and nominated as a Rotary Youth Leader. After graduation she plans to pursue a degree in chemistry, followed by a medical degree to become a trauma surgeon.

Josh Brady  |  Senior, Silverdale Baptist Academy, Student Council President
Josh has played an active role in student council since his freshman year. He has attended Silverdale Baptist Academy since kindergarten and has served his peers in many leadership capacities along the way. He has been a member of the leadership team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout high school and is currently a senior captain on the football team. Josh plans to go to Jacksonville State University where he will study business on a football scholarship, and he plans to serve the Lord where He leads.

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Pres2Parker Catlett  |  Senior, Baylor School, Honor Council Chair
A four-year boarding student from New Market, Tennessee, Parker serves as Chairman of the Baylor Honor Council. He is a dependable leader in academics, in the residential program, and in the school’s community service program.  At Baylor, Parker has participated in a broad spectrum of activities, taking advantage of everything the school offers. He aspires to attend law school, saying, “For me to be happy, I need to do something in the public or private sector that I feel benefits my country.”

Alex Darras  |  Senior, Notre Dame High School, House Captain
Alex boasts an impressive record in both academics and athletics at Notre Dame High School. He has started for four years on Notre Dame’s football team, and currently serves as team captain. He is also a student leader for the House of Rex, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and a member of the National Honor Society. He has also been named an Advanced Placement Scholar. One of Alex’s proudest achievements to date is being named First Team “Best of Preps” in baseball last year. Alex plans to study pre-med and hopes to continue his football career in college.

Hannah Dattilo  |  Senior, East Hamilton School, Class President
Hannah is a member of the Leadership Class and is both the current student government president and senior class president. An avid tennis player, she has earned “Best of Preps” honors for tennis and is captain of the varsity tennis team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is president of Mu Alpha Theta. Hannah has participated in the Governor’s School and is currently involved in the International Club, the Gay Straight Alliance, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plans to major in engineering and play college tennis.

Timetrice Duckett  |  Senior, Chattanooga Central High School, Class President
Since her freshman year at Chattanooga Central High School, Timetrice has been involved in numerous activities. She has been a member of JROTC, On Point, the prom committee, choir, and drill team. She was also presented with the Association of the United States Army Award and the Academic Excellence Award. Timetrice is a proud member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Her goal is to become a developmental pediatrician so she can help mentally and physically disabled children have the best quality of life possible.

Preston Evers  |  Senior, Lookout Valley High School, Class President
During his time at Lookout Valley High School, Preston has been involved in the Tennessee Model United Nations organization and the Tennessee Youth in Government program. He was also a delegate for Boys State his junior year. Preston is service-oriented and has been on two mission trips to the Dominican Republic. An ambitious student, he plans to double or even triple major  in international studies, international economics, and Spanish.

 

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Pres3Kinsey Farmer  |  Senior, Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School, Class President

Kinsey is involved in several activities at LFO, including marching and symphonic band, Lady Warriors soccer, RESPECT, Catoosa County Leadership Team, and Beta Club. She has also been nominated as her school’s Youth Senate representative and inducted into both the Spanish and National Honor Societies. Kinsey participates in a number of community service programs, including Rossville Community Ministries. She was also selected as the 2015 Homecoming Queen, and was the school winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Kinsey plans to graduate from a four-year university with a degree in children’s special needs psychology.

Cameron Gustman  |  Senior, Collegedale Academy, Student Association President
As a senior, Cameron loves being active in nearly every event at Collegedale Academy. He stays involved by helping plan school events as well as enthusiastically participating on the tennis team, select choir, gymnastics, and the school’s praise band. Cameron also finds time to work at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center to help pay his tuition. One of his primary goals for the 2015-2016 school year is to break down barriers and bring even more unity within the school. He plans to continue his education at the University of Florida.

Pierson Hibbs  |  Senior, Center for Creative Arts, Class President
Pierson exhibits confidence and innovation as he leads his classmates by example. In addition to serving as senior class president, he is the president of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is always willing to help his fellow students with school projects and support philanthropic causes. Pierson plans to major in chemistry and minor in business, with the hopes of pursuing a career in medicine. His teachers say that his contributions as a leader have built a foundation of success for those that follow at the Center for Creative Arts.

 

Akia Lewis  |  Junior, The Howard School, Student Government President
In addition to serving as Student Government president, Akia ranks as the top student in her class and participates in choir. She goes out of her way to connect with the school’s English Language Learner population, even working to learn Spanish on her own time. Her teachers say she possesses intelligence, grace, and resourcefulness beyond her years, and the way she puts these qualities to work both in and out of the classroom makes her a rare and wonderful student. She plans to become a pre-med student in hopes of one day becoming a general surgeon.

Michelle Lin  |  Senior, Heritage High School, Student Government President
Michelle is proud to have an energetic voice in both her school and her community. She maintains many leadership roles at Heritage High School including president of the Student Government, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, treasurer of the Beta Club, and chairman of Dual County Defenders. She is also involved in the Science Club, National Honor Society, and Legion of Generals Marching Band. Michelle believes that excellence is not an accident, and says she will continue to work hard in hopes of impacting the world. With a deep interest in medicine, she hopes to one day become a pharmacist or physician.GPS.CSFB.15.web

Pres4McKayla Locke  |  Senior, Soddy Daisy High School, Student Body Co-President
McKayla has been active in student government all four years of high school and takes on the responsibility of encouraging a positive school climate while working alongside other community organizations in the greater Chattanooga area. She says the highlight of her time in student council has been hosting the Tennessee Association of Student Council’s 68th annual convention last year at Soddy Daisy High School. She looks forward to representing Tennessee and Chattanooga at the upcoming Southern Association of Student Councils conference. When she is not busy with school-related activities, McKayla is a demi-soloist with the Chattanooga Ballet. She plans on majoring in either communications or audio and speech pathology to become a speech therapist.

Hanna Matthews   |  Senior, Ooltewah High School, Student Council/Leadership Class President
Demonstrating academic drive, Hanna maintains a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class. She is a member of the Beta Club and serves as secretary of the National Honor Society. She has played varsity volleyball all four years of high school and is now a team captain. Outside of school and her extracurricular activities, she has a part-time job at Carter’s Baby and Kids Clothing Store. She plans on studying English education at Trevecca Nazarene University on volleyball and academic scholarships.

Morgan Montieth  |  Senior, East Ridge High School, Class President
Morgan stays involved in a little bit of everything at East Ridge High School. While she excels in the academic arena, she has won numerous awards for her athletic ability and team spirit. She has served as captain of the varsity soccer team and is on the varsity softball and volleyball teams. Undertaking challenging honors classes, she has maintained an excellent GPA and is currently ranked second in her class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. After graduation, Morgan plans to attend either the University of Tennessee or the University of Alabama to major in accounting. She also plans on earning her Master’s degree and taking the CPA exam.

Duncan Moore  |  Senior, McCallie School, Student Council President
Duncan is a dynamic student, actively participating in a wide variety of student activities and organizations. As coxswain and varsity team member for the McCallie crew team, he has lead Blue Tornado boats to two winning races at the national scholastic level. He is involved in the Keo-Kio Leadership Society, the Sustainability Club, National Honor Society, and Student Senate. He also enjoys being a resident advisor and helping with the student worship services on campus. He has been on the Faculty Recognition List and Headmaster’s Honor Roll since his sophomore year and aspires to study business and economics in college. His most recent achievement is scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Alyson Parris  |  Senior, Girls Preparatory School, Student Council President
Alyson defines a leader as “someone who helps others find a voice” – something she has done as a student council member since eighth grade. During her time at GPS, she has initiated the creative and much-anticipated BruiserTube videos that capture the week in review and are presented on Fridays during assembly. Alyson loves the sense of bringing everyone together and making people excited about attending GPS. She enjoys working with others and does so as a GPS Ambassador, a member of the bowling team, and as senior editor of the yearbook. After graduation, she hopes to attend a college with great academics and lots of school spirit

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Pres5Olivia Samples   |  Senior, Chattanooga Christian School, Student Council President
A true servant leader, Olivia accepted the role of student council president out of a desire to serve the Lord by leading her classmates. Over the past three years, she has represented her class on student council, maintained a spot in the top five percent of her class, and played on the varsity girls soccer team. She currently serves as a senior leader on the soccer team, is an active member of the National Honor Society, and recently participated in the Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine. Outside of school, she works part-time and volunteers at Brainerd Baptist Church. She plans to pursue degrees in math and Spanish in college.

 

Austin Sawyer  |  Senior, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Student Body President
Austin is a poised leader, passionate musician, and dedicated athlete.  He is the “idea man” on the student council, and his creativity shines. His love of music led him to form the band, High Meadows Communion, now popular in the local music scene. This passion has also led him to begin the music ministry, Strings of Hope, where he refurbishes used instruments and uses them to teach inner city students how to play music. Austin lends his talents to the school’s theatrical productions as well as the worship band at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. As a committed athlete, he has participated in basketball and cross-country.  Austins plans to attend UNC or MTSU to study business or biomedical engineering.

Brandon Sherr  |  Junior, Grace Baptist Academy, Student Body President
Brandon has been a part of the Grace community since 2012. He plays a key role as team leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As an avid athlete, he plays on the varsity football team and the varsity soccer team. When he’s not on the field, he participates as a member of the high school choir. He is an active member of Ooltewah Baptist Church and stays busy with community service through involvement in his youth group. After graduation, he plans to attend college and major in social work.

Alkessa Jones-White  | Senior, Brainerd High School, Student Government Association President
A dedicated leader of her school, Alkessa stays active by serving as Student Government Association president, a member of the yearbook association, and captain of the Brainerd High Dancing Diamonds Dance Team. She has handled these responsibilities all while maintaining a GPA of above 3.0 all four years of high school. According to Alkessa, she models her school motto – she is on the quest to be the best and will show success. She plans to study nursing at Austin Peay State University in pursuit of a career in medicine.

Antoinette Taylor  |  Senior, Tyner Academy, Class President
Antoinette is a service-oriented and driven student. In addition to representing Tyner Academy’s student body as senior class president, she serves her community by chairing her own nonprofit charity called Heart of Hope,  where she makes care packages for the less fortunate in the Chattanooga area.  Antoinette is also involved in Sista to Sista, Beta Club, and Student Government. She plans to utilize her abilities in communications to further her dream of owning a high-end clothing store and plans to study business marketing at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Pres6Tate Truong  |  Senior, Hixson High School, Class President
Tate is a well-rounded student with a good sense of humor. He stays involved in a variety of activities while taking on a rigorous academic load. He was awarded the Everett Fairchild Award, which is presented to the athlete with the highest GPA at Hixson.  As an avid golfer, Tate has been a two-time district champion, a regional champion, and a three-time state qualifier. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the senior council. Tate was selected to attend Boys State and to be a People To People leadership ambassador. He plans to attend UTC for his undergraduate degree and complete graduate work at  the University of Alabama at Birmingham in order to become an optometrist.

Hank Warren  |  Senior, Boyd-Buchanan School, Class President
Hank’s leadership capabilities are evidenced by his being elected class president each year of high school. Outside of his leadership roles, Hank has demonstrated versatility by participating in many school plays and exhibiting athletic talent on the soccer, cross country, and wrestling teams. He is the captain of the cross country team,  holds the 5K school record, and will compete in the state cross country tournament for the third time this year. In addition, Hank has participated in the National Honor Society, concert chorus, and the annual Mexico mission trip. He is active in his youth group at East Brainerd Church of Christ, where he has been on several mission trips. He plans to attend Lipscomb University and pursue a degree in medicine.

Evan Wooden  |  Senior, Bradley Central High School, Class President
Evan is well-respected by others and boasts a list of impressive accomplishments. He is a Cambridge Honor Student,  a member of the student council, and serves as vice president of the Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter. He was as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program and acted as the emcee of Bradley Central High School’s “Share Our Success” event. After graduation, he plans to attend UTC and major in international relations, hoping to become a public servant.

Daniel Hutchings  |  Senior, Sale Creek High School, Student Council President
In his four years at Sale Creek, Daniel has been involved in a myriad of activities that range from leading the varsity football team as a captain to participating in the Junior ROTC as Battalion Commander. He was invited to represent his school at Boys State in 2015, and now leads his class as student council president. After high school, Daniel plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Tennessee in hopes of pursuing a further degree in law.

Bailey Callison  |  Senior, Red Bank High School, Student Body Co-President
As student body co-president, Bailey shares responsibilities with one of her close friends. In addition to her role in student government, she is editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and co-captain of the Lions’ varsity cheerleading squad. She is also a member of the varsity tennis team, active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a participant in the JROTC Sponsor Program. After graduation, she plans on attending UTC and majoring in business with a concentration in human resource management.