2017 HHS Top Ten

2017 Haywood High School Top Ten


1. Elliot Garrett (GPA 101.758) – The son of Art and Laurel Garrett, Elliot is a member of the HHS Show Choir, the Distinguished Scholars Program, the Academic Decathlon team, 30+ Club, the Tennis and Golf clubs, DECA, Beta Club, Youth Leadership, and participated in three school musicals produced by the school’s Drama Department. He attended the American Legion Boy’s State, was the Exchange Club Student of the Month, and was All-District in tennis for three years. He is a member of Brownsville Baptist Church where he participates in mission tours, works in Vacation Bible School and music camp. He enjoys sports, playing guitar and singing, and reading and writing. His plans are to attend Union University and major in Biblical studies, attend a Southern Baptist seminary and become a pastor.

2. Felescia Sanders (GPA 100.338) – the daughter of Christopher and Brandlin Turner, Felescia plans to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and major in Kinesiology, aspiring to become a sports medicine physician. She is a member of the Distinguished Scholars Program, Show Choir, Basketball Cheerleading squad, Football Cheerleader Captain, Beta Club, Academic Decathlon, Lean on Me, the Softball Team, Dixie Youth Softball, and Youth Leadership. She was also Exchange Club Student of the Month, National HOSA President, four-year All-American Cheerleader, and a Coca Cola semifinalist. She enjoys softball, cheering, dancing and singing. Felescia is a Methodist Hospital Volunteer, participated in filling backpacks for kids, helps with the drive-through clinic at HHS for health screenings, participated in the Angel Tree and was a Kaboom Park volunteer.

3. Taylor Ann King (GPA 100.082) – Taylor Ann King is the daughter of John and Blanche King. She was the Football Cheerleading Captain, DECA President, and a member of Youth Leadership, PEP Jr., Beta Club and the Show Choir. She was also an All-American Cheerleader, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, a Girls State Citizen and was invited to the National Youth Leadership forum. Taylor was an Upwards Cheer Coach, participated in HHS Drama productions, is a Vacation Bible School leader and a Lil’ Cats Helper. She enjoys wakeboarding, wake surfing, and duck hunting. Her plans are to attend Mississippi State University to major in secondary education with endorsements in biology and mathematics.

4. Mary-Wyatt Pettigrew (GPA 100.031) – Mary-Wyatt Pettigrew plans to attend the University of Mississippi to study pre-pharmacy. She is the daughter of Jack and Glenda Pettigrew. She served as vice president of the Class of 2017, was an Academic Decathlon and Beta Club team member, was voted Most Likely to Succeed by her classmates, was voted Youth of the Month and of the Year by the Brownsville Exchange Club, voted All-Around Best Cheerleader by the squad, and attended the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State. Mary-Wyatt was also a member of the Show Choir, DECA, PEP Jr., and Youth Leadership. She is a member of First United Methodist Church Youth, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club during the 2015 Summer Program, and for Summer Vacation Bible School at FUMC and went on a youth mission trip. She enjoys waterskiing, painting, writing, and drawing.


5. Brandon Taylor (GPA 99.526) – The son of Qianca McCuller, Brandon was a member of Youth Leadership, Lean on Me, the Equal Education Opportunity Group, the football and track and field teams, the Beta Club, and served as Sophomore Class President. He served as HOSA vice president, is CPR-certified and was a member of FCCLA. He is a Distinguished Scholar, a Tennessee Scholar and a West Tennessee All-Star. He volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, at Flex Fitness and with Dixie Youth Softball. He enjoys sports, listening to music, working out, laughing and enjoys time with family and friends. Brandon plans to attend Cumberland University on a football and academic scholarship and major in athletic training. He plans to either go to the NFL or train professional athletes.


6. Mary Ashton Barden (GPA 98.531) – The daughter of Joe and Dana Barden, Mary Ashton plans to attend Jackson State Community College and major in Business Administration, then further her education at a university. She is a member of the Lean on Me Club, the Beta Club, a member of Youth Membership, the Art and Audio/Visual Club. She has volunteered at the Carl Perkins Center and at the Chamber of Commerce. At church, she has served as a Vacation Bible School helper and a music camp helper. She has also participated in dramas and with special music and in youth leadership. She enjoys painting, modeling, hiking, biking, swimming and singing.


7. Pablo Marin (GPA98.296) – Pablo served as a culinary arts manager, is a member of the Beta Cub and the Academic Decathlon Club, where he won three medals, and was named Student of the Month. He is the bass player at church and earned core curriculum and Electrical 1 certificates. He has served as a Vacation Bible School teacher for four years, as a volunteer at a soup kitchen and has been on a mission trip to Texas. Pablo enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games and working on his laptop. He is the son of Pablo Marin and Leida Cruz. He will attend Christian Brothers University and pursue a career as a software developer and earn a computer science degree.


8. Hannah Riley (GPA 97.838) – Hannah Riley is the daughter of Peyton Cheung-Riley. She is a member of DECA, Pep Jr., Youth Leadership, Beta Club, and Show Choir. She attended Girls State in 2016 and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2015. Hannah has participated in several of the HHS Drama Department’s plays, including “Annie,” “Footloose,” and “The Sound of Music.” She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville. She enjoys dance and enjoyed being a football cheerleader. Her plans are to attend the University of Memphis at Lambuth and major in elementary education.

9. Adara Donald (GPA 97.596) – Adara plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington to major in public relations. She is the daughter of Jennifer Donald. Adara has played soccer for four years and was a member of the Show Choir, FCCLA, DECA and attended the Governor’s School for Business and IT Leadership. She served as the Tennessee FCCLA State President and officers in both the local FCCLA and DECA clubs. She was also Exchange Club Student of the Month. She is a Youth Church Usher, and helps her grandfather at his store – Mr. Jimmy’s Farmers Market. Her hobbies are soccer, FCCLA and DECA activities and reading.


10. Will Chapman (GPA 96.966) – Will Chapman is the son of Tommy and Melinda Chapman. He is a member of Prodigy, Distinguished Scholars, the Beta Club, Youth Leadership, DECA and the HHS Tomcat baseball team. He is also a member of Brownsville Baptist Church and has attended a youth mission tour. He enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends. Will plans to attend Mississippi State University.