I graduated from the J. Frank White Academy in 2007. Following high school I attended Lincoln Memorial University as a biology premed major and chemistry premed minor. When I graduated from undergrad I decided to pursue a graduate degree in biomedical sciences. I received a full scholarship and part time job at both East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, but I chose to go to ETSU.
After a year and a half in the biomedical science PhD program at ETSU, I transferred to Liberty to go into medical research with a ministry background. There I will be finishing my first degree, a masters, within the year before continuing on with a PhD. Since graduating high school I have worked as a research assistant in a pathogenic microbiology laboratory that examined through cloning the molecular genetic mechanisms contributing to virulence in terminal bacterial infections for example tuberculosis. I also have worked in terminal oncology research examining the effects of vitamins on tumor development and was able to successfully reverse carcinogenic prostate and colon tumor growth with a vitamin E vaccine. I worked briefly in mutated bacteria research looking at MRSA and other bacteria which had developed antibiotic resistance. I also was able to work in a physics research lab for three years where I presented and won a title at three state competitions and one national science competition for my work in developing new ways of teaching both high school and college students complex chemistry and physics concepts.
At times I look at my career thus far and can scarcely believe I am only twenty three. I am always mindful though that any current and future success I may obtain is due to my time spent at J. Frank White Academy. Without those four years, I am certain I never would have been able to obtain my goals. First, the academy has small class sizes which are extremely beneficial, especially to someone who has a scientific mind. I love asking questions. The faculty at the academy will go out of their way to assist you in any way possible with both personal and academic questions. When I graduated, I felt like I had developed a family and support system, and I still stay in touch with many of my former teachers. Second, because of the smaller classes problems are dealt with instantly which creates a safe and stable learning environment. High school is a very important stage in a child’s development, and J. Frank White is a positive learning environment socially in addition to academically. Finally, JFWA has many unique opportunities available to its students. For example, J. Frank White has a college campus as a ready resource for students.
When I went to LMU for college, the transition was easy. I felt like I already belonged there. I knew my way around campus and was familiar with many of the faculty, coaches, and facilities at LMU. Very few high schools have the same academic and extracurricular options for their students to explore. I would highly recommend J. Frank White to anyone who wants their child to have a great middle or high school experience.
I am always happy to answer questions from prospective students or parents. Please contact the school for my information, and I will give any insight that I can.
Beth Ann Mattie