Thirty High School Seniors Set to Interview for UT’s Haslam Scholars Program

KNOXVILLE —Thirty high school seniors from Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina will be on campus this weekend to interview to be part of the 2012-2013 class of Haslam Scholars, the premier scholarship program offered by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The thirty finalists were selected from hundreds of applicants based on their academic achievement, leadership potential, preliminary interview, special talents, maturity, and seriousness of purpose. All of the finalists are eligible for the Chancellor’s Honors Program, but only 15 will be invited to be a part of next year’s freshman class of Haslam Scholars.

Haslam Scholars are part of an intimate academic and leadership group mentored by top faculty. Each receives a scholarship valued at about $17,300 to cover the estimated cost of in-state tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, and books. Out-of-state Haslam Scholars receive a waiver so they pay in-state tuition.

In addition, each Haslam Scholar receives a $1,500 laptop computer and an all-expense paid study-abroad experience valued at $4,000. Each scholar is also given $5,500 to support the honors thesis research and travel to present their work.

The Haslam Scholars Program was created four years ago. Jimmy and Dee Haslam donated $2.5 million to launch the program. An additional $2.5 million was donated by Jim and Natalie Haslam.

Here’s a look at the 30 finalists:

  • Summer Awad, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, studied Latin, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese and plans to major in comparative religion.
  • Chris Barnes, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, attended the Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering.
  • Benjamin Brock, a senior at Jefferson County High School in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is a member of the German National Honor Society.
  • LaKenzie Crawford, a senior at Jefferson County High School in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is a volunteer at Jefferson City Health and Rehab and an active member of 4-H.
  • Franco D’Aprile, a senior at Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee, aspires to an international career.
  • Sharvari Desai, a senior at White Station High School in Germantown, Tennessee, is active in dance, student council and Model United Nations.
  • Amelia Dmowska, a senior at Farragut High School in Knoxville, plays the violin for the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ben Foust, a senior at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is currently the Math Club president and a member of the International Relations Club.
  • Keshane Gan, a senior at White Station High School in Germantown, Tennessee, attended the Governor’s School for Engineering in 2011.
  • Sarah Hagaman, a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, is the founder of the National Honors Society at her school.
  • Macy Harrison, a senior at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, plans to major in sociology or social work.
  • Emma Hyche, a senior at Dobyns Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, plans to become a fashion journalist or a lawyer.
  • Craig Jones, a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, is currently the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and the student body vice president.
  • Honor Lundt, a senior a Bearden High School in Knoxville, plans an interdisciplinary major in linguistics.
  • Kelley Guinn McArtor, a senior at Hutchison School in Memphis, is currently on the lacrosse team and senior class president.
  • Sarah McFann, a senior at Arlington High School in Arlington, Tennessee, is a ballet dancer and an artist.
  • Andrew Messing, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, competes in robotics competitions at the state and regional level.
  • Ben Miller, a senior at Middle Creek High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a prospective member of the UT Vols Swimming and Diving Team.
  • Grayson Mynatt, a senior at Christian Academy of Knoxville, plays the violin at Hillcrest Nursing Home.
  • Kevin Okseniuk, a senior at Ravenwood High School in Nolensville, Tennessee, won a Gold Medal at the 2011 National Spanish Exam.
  • Emily Peel, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, attended Girls Nation in 2011.
  • Amanda Rehorn, a senior at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, completed an internship at Vanderbilt University Eye Institute.
  • Andrea Richardson, a senior at White Station High School in Memphis, attended the 2010 and 2011 Carnegie Mellon University Summer Academy for Math and Science.
  • Katie Lou Rogers, a senior at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee, plans to major in biomedical engineering.
  • Sahba Seddighi, a senior at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, is currently interning at UT researching virology and immunology.
  • Elizabeth Stanfield, a senior at South Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee, has worked with Habitat for Humanity for three years.
  • Tor Voorhees, a senior at Bearden High School in Knoxville, has served as a research intern in the UT Department of Animal Science.
  • Cole Wood, a senior at McCallie School in Chattanooga, studied abroad in France and also attended the Governor’s School for International Studies.
  • Marcia Wright, a senior at White Station High School in Memphis, is a member of the Memphis City Schools Student Advisory Board and NAACP Youth Council.
  • Yidan Zeng, a senior at White Station High School in Memphis, has been recognized for her achievements in art by the Congressional Art Competition.

For more information about the Haslam Scholars Program, visit haslamscholars.utk.edu/.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

 

 

 

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