Harrogate, Tennessee, May 15, 2018— The J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) held commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19, in the Sam and Sue Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).
Sixteen students accepted diplomas during the ceremony including Christina Bradley, Bailey Brewer, Alex Cheek, Isaac Duncan, Dustin Ford, Rachel Harville, Nicole Hasson, Jonathon Jackson, Alexzandria Morgan, Alanna Poland, Shayla Poynter, Nolan Pratt, Olivia Robertson, Brianna Tinnel, John Williamson and Alexander Wright.
The Class of 2018 continues JFWA’s record of 100 percent college placement. Harville and Pointer earned valedictorian and salutatorian honors, respectively.
Bradley (Harrogate, Tennessee), Brewer (Harrogate, Tennessee), Duncan (Tazewell, Tennessee), Ford (Caryville, Tennessee), and Morgan (Pineville, Kentucky) are all attending LMU. Cheek (Tazewell, Tennessee) will attend Walter’s State Community College while Poynter (LaFollette, Tennessee) will enroll at Western Kentucky University. Pratt (New Tazewell, Tennessee) and Hasson (Sharps Chapel, Tennessee) will attend Middle Tennessee State University. Harville (Tazewell, Tennessee) will attend the University of Tennessee and Robertson (Harrogate, Tennessee) will attend Charleston Southern University. Tinnel (Jacksboro, Tennessee) and Jackson (Speedwell, Tennessee) will attend East Tennessee State University. Williamson (Harrogate, Tennessee) will attend Lee University while Wright (Cumberland Gap, Tennessee) will attend Centre College in fall.
“I am very proud to report that this class of 16 young adults has exceeded our expectations in all of their endeavors,” said Principal Jarryd Boster. “They have shaped our school during their time at the Academy and have helped us to grow and improve just as much as we have helped them.”
Harville’s address to her classmates included a personal thank you to each of them along with a challenge for the future. “So, my fellow graduates, I beg you, wherever life takes you, be preposterously audacious,” Harville said. “Don’t play small; it won’t serve anyone, and if something scares you, forget your instincts and run like the wind towards it. It’s the only hope we have.”
JFWA faculty member Dr. Kristina Hudson gave the commencement address providing a list of six discoveries and thoughts for guidance in life. “Let your life and your actions be a reflection of all your blessings,” Hudson said. “Even on your worst day, find those small joys and let them be your light.”
Hudson has served as recycling coordinator, Envirothon coach, prom committee organizer, Academic team coordinator, AYSO soccer coach, middle school cheer coach, Science Olympiad coach, part of the JFWA accreditation team, organized homecoming events, and graduated from LMU with her doctoral degree in May 2018.
“Your presence has made an impact on my life, as it has all of your teachers,” Hudson said. “We claim you as our kids. We bask in your success. We worry about your choices, and we have enormous pride in being able to say ‘I taught them.’”
The J. Frank White Academy is a private coeducational college preparatory school located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University and serves students grades 5-12 from Claiborne, Union, Campbell and Hancock counties in Tennessee; Bell County, Kentucky; and Lee County, Virginia. For more information contact the Academy Office at 423.869.6234 or visit www.LMUnet.edu/academy.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or e-mail at admissions@LMUnet.edu.