Twenty-five outstanding Elizabethton High School seniors were recognized among the Top Ten Percent of the Class of 2018 at a banquet Monday night. These students represent what it means to be a Cyclone and have been exemplars of success during their time at EHS.
“While we recognize them for their exceptional academic achievements, it is worth noting that their successes are not limited to academics,” said Principal Josh Boatman. “These are well-rounded students who have dedicated hours and energy to volunteer work, school leadership, sports, jobs, and even starting small businesses. We are proud of their accomplishments and excited for each of them as they begin college in the fall.”
Students named among top ten percent are Jordan Patricia McKenna Teague, Isaiah David Stenzel, Ethan Hunter Fields, Savannah Danielle Yankee, Cassidy Lynn Stover, Ethan Lee Eggleston, Breanna Christian Little, Jacob Carson Hensley, Amara Grace Bunten, Chandlor Storm Mullins, Lance Adam Crowe, Katie Rose Bright, Abigail Elizabeth Bryan, Raina Nicole Barnett, Sarrah Grace Eggers, Macie Lee Herrmann, Lucas Wayne Holly, Tory Noelle Irmeger, Chloe Brianna Lyons, Lauryn Grace McGinnis, Carlie Aleta McKeehan, Dalton Keith Mullins, Geoffrey Douglas Munday, Anna Elisabeth Street, and Megan Elizabeth Young.
Students earned university honors including being named a Roan Scholar, Yale University Questbridge Scholar, East Tennessee State University Top Scholar, two Presidential Scholar, Centennial Scholar, Chancellor Honors Scholar, Honors Scholar, three Volunteer Scholars, four Provost Scholars. Some prestigious positions held and awards received by these students include Betsy Band Drum Major, National Honors Society President, Student Government President, Eagle Scout, Youth Leadership delegates, All-American Cheerleader, Academic Athletic Award recipient, co-owner of Southern Strength Sports & Fitness Wear, founder of Painting Elizabethton, co-owner of Torch Ministries, Distinguished Tennessean Award recipient, and Wynell White Biology Award Recipient.
Colleges to which they have committed include Yale, Milligan College, Western North Carolina, East Tennessee State, University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee University, Northeast State Community College. Students plan to pursue educations and careers in Aerospace, Law, Medicine, Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice and other fields.
Mary Cates, EHS Class of 1998, provided the address at the banquet. She shared her personal story of being a television producer, ultra-runner and running coach, and how a diagnosis of brain cancer challenged her aspirations. She encouraged students not to be afraid of failure.
“If you fail, you actually walk away wiser and more prepared for the next race – as you do in any job or challenge in your life,” she said. “Failure means you tried new things, pursued your passion, and took a risk… I want to challenge you to live each day the way you want to live, and don’t be afraid to fail because the joy of your success after will be so much sweeter.”