By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Thirteen Tupelo High School seniors received special recognition on Monday for stellar academics.
Those students were honored for having been a Rotary Scholar for each of the six years they were eligible. Rotary Scholars are the top 30 students – plus ties – in grades seven and above.
This year’s group is among the largest to earn the prestigious distinction.
“It is an honor to get it, and the community really values it,” said Caroline Brown, one of the six-year scholars. “That makes it special.”
Joining Brown as Six-Year Rotary Scholars were Caitlin Bailey, Alex Cayson, Carley Cole, Betsy Crosswhite, Peyton Curtis, Maggie Davis, Sumner Fortenberry, Hailey Grisham, Jimmy Stone, Grant Thornton, Rachel Walden and Ashton Wedel.
“It signifies you were a cut above the rest,” said Fortenberry, when asked what made the honor meaningful.
Others in the group said the honor brought meaningful motivation. Bailey called it a point of “personal pride.”
“It keeps you on track so you don’t slack off,” Stone said. “It pushes you.”
The recognition is based on students’ grade-point averages, with extra weight being given to accelerated, pre-Advanced Placement and AP classes.
All 183 of this year’s Rotary Scholars were recognized by the Rotary Club of Tupelo during a ceremony at The Summit Center.
On Monday, 183 students from Tupelo Middle School and Tupelo High School were named Rotary Scholars. Tupelo’s Rotary Club honored the top 30 students, plus ties, in grades seven to 12 based upon grade-point average with extra weight given for pre-Advanced Placement, accelerated and AP classes.
Jessica Andrews, Emma Atkinson, Claire Bailey, Cameron Blanchard, Jack Brister, Ansley Caldwell, Sarah Daniels, Garmon Fikes, Bailey Fitts, Shields Haire, Audrey Harrington, Eric Huey, Brooks Hudson, Anna Hunter, Maria Kaltchenko, Emma Kantack, Leanna Long, Olivia Love, Samuel Mansell, Kaylee Moore, Hannah Newsom, Carson Odaniel, Luke Overton, Jackson Rhoades, Alexa Saval, Sally Shettles, Sam Sliman, Jalen Sparkman, Blair Thornton and Victoria Waller.
Steven Brister, Harrison Broadaway, Anna Calhoun, Maggie Cayson, Abigale Chandler, Niland Fortenberry, Anna Goggans, Abigail Grant, Katlyn Grimes, Margaret Hill, Jewel Jolly, Savannah Kirksey, Aaron Kwag, Bryan Kwag, Annalise Lewis, Avery Littleton, Landon Long, Elizabeth Meredith, Anna McCoy, Griffin Moore, Jessie Nabors, Olivia Scott, Henry Seiler, Lauren Taylor, Patricia Thompson, Alyssa Ware, Emily Waters, Erian Watkins, Katelyn Williams and Samuel Williams.
Davis Spence Arthur, Avery McKee Billingsley, William Ray Bradford, Jr., Will Brawner, Maura Chiles, Vesil Chau Dao, Katie M. Darnell, Abbey G. Edmonson, Emma Veronica Gousset, Alisha Graf, Randle Daye Haggerty, Cameron Hunt, Jacey Jenkins, Stephen Matthews, Cooper Haskell Moore, Nguyen Minh, Jacob Overton, Achintya Bhaskar Prasad, Lexi Garnett Pund, Mason Quaka, Avery E. Ray, Molly Ray, Amber Louise Scott, Tanner Scoville, Maren M. Thorderson, Cristan Ailin Trexler, Anhthu Ngoc Truong, Ross A. Weeden, Grant Wheeler, Lauren E. Wilson and Emma E. Witty.
Demps Bannerman, Jenny Bobo, Rachel Bobo, Lexa Brieck, Walker Fortenberry, Avery Gibens, Emma Gibens, Avery Goggans, James Grant, Will Herrington, Elizabeth Hilbun, Katherine Holliman, Chase Huddleston, Mace Hudson, Jacob Hughes, Mary King, Katerina Kushla, Garner Nance, Amelia Pongetti, Hannah Price, Emma Rice, Jamie Smith, Ann Douglas Stone, Chayapat Tanopajai, Kathryn Taylor, Caroline Thompson, Hollie Trent, Ricardo Ungo, Bailie White and Alexis Yancey.
Kyle Alford, Benton Barber, Mollie Bradford, Neely Brown, Meg Carpenter, Christina Daniels, McKenzie Denton, Bethany Fitts, Kaitlin Flowers, Katy Franks, Christian Haire, Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth, Bryce Hunt, Mallie Imbler, Nick Kaltchenko, Gurshan Kaur, Warner King, Rachel Lee, Erica “Claire” Loden, Lauren Losordo, Haithem Mahmoud, Delaney Norton, McKinney Pitts, Macy Replogle, Austin Richey, Natalie Sowers, Katlyn “Katie” Taylor, Nolan Vora, Jenny Ware, Meri Hollis West, Emily Wright and Alexis Zosel.
(Six-year scholars are in bold.)
Caitlin Bailey, Anna Ballard, Abbie Banko, Caroline Brown, Hayden Buckley, Emily Carter, Alex Cayson, Carter Clayton, Carley Cole, Chandler Craig, Betsy Crosswhite, Peyton Curtis, Penelope Dao, Maggie Davis, Sumner Fortenberry, Hailey Grisham, Brian Haadsma, Mathilda Lail, Heston Lollar, Riley Macklin, Ryan Murphy, Kelley Nabors, Isaac Palmer, Megan Pirkle, Shelby Price, Mackenzie Smith, Jimmy Stone, Grant Thornton, Rachel Walden and Ashton Wedel.