Courtney Wombles is a perfectionist, a self-proclaimed “pre-crastinator,” and a proud advocate for the Oxford comma. As her friends and family would grudgingly admit, the majority of Courtney’s sentences begin with “Did you know…” followed by one of the numerous facts she has memorized. The daughter of an English educator, Courtney has been inundated with knowledge, education, and literature for the entirety of her life. As she has grown, so has her love of learning. It is this love that has led to her academic success and honors such as being chosen as a Girls State delegate, a Knoxville Teen Board presentee, and the Loudon County Board of Education student representative. Although Courtney has participated in a multitude of extracurricular and community service opportunities, it is her involvement as Loudon High School’s president of the Health Occupations Students of American organization that has most prominently shaped her academic interests, devotion to community involvement, and plans for the future. She hopes to utilize the passion for science and medicine that she has gained from this experience to become a medical scientist specializing in neuroscience research. At this point, Courtney’s proudest moment is being named valedictorian of Loudon High School’s Class of 2016, but she is excited about the accomplishments that will result from studying at the University of Tennessee, especially as part of the Haslam Scholars Program.