JFWA Hosts Senior Night and Homecoming



J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) hosted Homecoming and Senior Night for the final home basketball games of the season at Mars Gymnasium on Feb 23.


Senior Night featured students from the Class of 2021 who participated in the Academy athletic programs. These students were escorted by family on the court prior to the varsity boys game.


“Senior Night is a chance to show appreciation for the athletes and their parents for their years of dedication and perseverance,” said Dr. Jake Carver, athletic director. “We especially commend this group for pushing through the challenges of the pandemic.”


The senior athletes included the following students:


Dallas Boger, the daughter of Bryan and Andrea Boger, is a member of the Senior Beta Club and the National Honor Society and has regularly participated in First Priority.  She was a valuable member of both the soccer and tennis teams. She plans to study veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial University.


Tanner Brush was joined on the floor by his mother Shannon Price, his stepfather Jonathan Price, and his father Jerry Brush. Brush is an accomplished student and an accomplished athlete.  He is in the 1,000-point club at JFWA and has been a team captain for the last two years.  2020 NACA recognitions include being named All-Tournament 2nd Team, scoring 10 3-pointers in a tournament game, and accumulating 42 overall points in a single game, which is an Academy record as well. Brush also serves as a talent coordinator for Mountain Fiesta.  He recently committed to play basketball for Huntington College and plans to major in education.


Daniel Gao, the son of Ping Zheng and Kevin Gao, was escorted by his mother.  For years, Gao has been a multi-sport athlete while maintaining all A’s in his classes.  He runs cross country and track and plays tennis and golf.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta, Key Club, and The Academy Bookworms.  He was selected to represent the United States in 2020’s World School International Forum. Gao plans to attend either the University of Tennessee or Penn State.


Mackenzie Graham is the daughter of Eddie and Christy Graham, who were her escorts.  She plays tennis and currently serves as a co-captain of the cheer team.  She was a 2019 World School delegate, representing the United States in Romania.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta, and The Academy Bookworms Club.   She plans to major in psychology and philosophy at Emory & Henry College.                            


Jaelyn Gunter was accompanied by her mother Suzy Whitaker Gunter, Tim Knight, and her sister Lara Gunter.  For multiple years, Gunter contributed greatly to both the girls’ fall soccer seasons and the JFWA co-ed spring team. She will attend Lincoln Memorial University, where she plans to major in criminal justice.


Kinsee LeFevers was escorted tonight by her parents, Travis and Robin LeFevers.  She is a dedicated and valuable athlete on the basketball, soccer, and golf teams, as well as a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Beta.  She plans to study exercise science at Lincoln Memorial University.


Elizabeth Ann Melton is the daughter of Jim and Malinda Melton, who escorted her.  She is a member of the cross country, track, soccer, and basketball teams.  She was chosen to represent the United States in the 2020 World School International Forum and served as a Key Club Division 6 Lieutenant Governor in the 2019-20 school year. This year, she is the president of the JFWA Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She will major in Spanish and international affairs at Oglethorpe University.


Patrick Moore was accompanied by his parents, James and Patricia Moore.  He is a cross country runner, a starter on the basketball team, and a team captain for the baseball team.  In addition to playing multiple sports, Moore is active on the planning committee of Mountain Fiesta.  He plans to major in aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 


Olivia Grace Nichols was accompanied by her parents, Mark and Teresa Nichols.  She is cheer squad co-captain and has played golf for many years.  She recently signed to join the LMU golf team.  She is the Beta Club president, a First Priority leader, a Mountain Fiesta coordinator, a slam poetry contest winner, and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Academy Bookworms Club.  She has achieved Knights’ Order 2nd Tier status and represented the United States and JFWA in the 2019 World School International Forum.  At LMU, she will study psychology and biology (pre-med track). 


Thomas Robards and Mason Wynn Troutman were escorted by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reid Troutman and Tommy Robards.  Robards is a former member of the basketball team and an active member of the soccer and tennis teams. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Troutman runs track and cross country and is a member of Senior Beta.  He will attend Oregon State University.


Ethan Shumate was joined by his parents, Reid and Leigh Anne Shumate.  He is an important member of both the golf and tennis teams.  Ethan plans to study aviation maintenance technology at Somerset Community College and Eastern Kentucky University.


Blake Stoner was accompanied by Rachel Barton, Stephen Barton, Kenny Stoner, and Bryson Stoner.  He has maintained all A’s since freshman year while playing basketball and baseball and running cross country.  He is a vice-president of the Key Club and a Beta Club member.  He plans to major in agricultural science and management at Tennessee Tech.


Grant Thompson was joined by his parents, Todd and Beth Thompson.  He has been an important member of the Academy tennis team since seventh grade and was awarded the Biology 2 award his sophomore year.  He plans to major in business at Lincoln Memorial University with a concentration in finance. 


Lillian Michael Turley, the daughter of Michael and Wendy Turley, was escorted by her mother.  She is a member of First Priority, the Key Club, and the National Honor Society.  She runs cross country and track and plays soccer and basketball.  She plans to major in biology following the pre-med track at Lincoln Memorial University.


Not in attendance was senior Elijah Harrington, the son of Bernie and Jennifer Harrington.  He is a dedicated runner, representing both the cross-country and track teams. He is a current Senior Beta Member and has earned ACT College Ready scores, as well as Career Ready recognition through his scores on Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams. He will major in animation at Huntington University. 


During the Homecoming celebration that evening, senior Olivia Nichols was crowned the 2021 JFWA Homecoming Queen. She was escorted by senior Blake Stoner, son of Rachel and Stephen Barton and Kenny Stoner.


Other queen candidates on the court included:


Ella Wynn, freshman, is the daughter of Browning and Summer Wynn. She has been an active member in soccer, cheer, track, and Beta Club. She was escorted by sophomore Aiden Troutman, son of Reid and Rebecca Troutman.


Jaymin Bailey Huddleston, junior, is the daughter of Scott and Michelle Huddleston. She has been an active member in cheer, tennis, golf, soccer, Beta Club, Key Club, First Priority, and the National Society of High School Scholars. She also is a 2020 World School delegate and a member of the Harvard Board of Future Medical Professionals. She was escorted by junior Jacob Yeary, son of Sandy Yeary and Bobby and Crystal Yeary.


Lillian Vance Stubblefield, junior, is the daughter of Jay and Teresa Stubblefield. Lillian has been an active member in cheer, tennis, and her church by volunteering in the nursery. She was escorted by her father.


Mackenzie Nicole Graham, senior, is the daughter of Christy and Eddie Graham. She has been an active member in cheer as a co-captain, tennis, National Honor Society, and Beta Club. She also was a 2019 World School International Forum delegate. She was escorted by senior Grant Thompson, son of Beth and Todd Thompson.


Returning to crown the new Homecoming Queen was JFWA alumna and 2020 Homecoming Queen, Anna Posey who is currently a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She was escorted by senior Thomas Robards, the son of Tommy Robards and Reid and Rebecca Troutman.

The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.

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