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2013 Haslam Scholars Finalists Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2013 Haslam Scholars Program Finalists. Finalists visited campus last weekend for the Sixth Annual Haslam Scholars Program Interview Weekend (March 8-10) and are guaranteed a Chancellor’s Scholarship. This year, the Haslam Scholars Program reviewed hundreds of nominations and self-nominations and selected an incredibly impressive group of Semi-Finalists, all of whom received automatic admission to the highly selective Chancellor’s Honors Program (   After a preliminary interview with the program staff and further review of their application materials, the following 30 students have been chosen as the 2013 Haslam Scholars Program Finalists.


Brito-Alex Alex Brito
Franklin Road Academy
Nashville, TN
Biological Sciences
Alex Brito has been a French language exchange student to Paris twice and is captain of her volleyball team and a jazz guitarist. She plans to study Neuroscience and continue her French education.
Hayley-Brundige  Hayley Brundige
Hunters Lane High School
Nashville, TN
University Exploratory Track
Hayley Bundrige is an International Baccalaureate student who plays trumpet and sings. She serves as Vice President of her school’s National Honors Society.
 Esther-Choo Esther Choo
Farragut High School
Knoxville, TN
University Exploratory Track
Esther has completed 14 AP and 14 Honors courses and plays Cello in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also assisted in research at the Scintillation Materials Research Center at UT for the past year.
Houston-Cookenour Houston Cookenour
Dobyns-Bennett High School

Kingsport, TN
Computer Science
Houston is a seasoned Tubaist who co-hosts a radio program for WCSK Radio. He plans to major in computer science with a minor in music and someday be a computer program designer and/or a music composer.
Grant-Currin Grant Currin
Cleveland High School
Cleveland, TN
Grant is the head delegate of his school’s Model United Nations delegation, and has directed a charity 5K to benefit infrastructure in Cambodia. He has also completed two half-marathons. He is ranked first in his class.
Abby-Durick  Abby Durick
Page High School
Franklin, TN

Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Abby is a French horn player who is also interested in Spanish and Kiswahili and tennis. She plans on becoming a wildlife cinematographer and conservationist.
Drew-Farr  Nathan Farr
Webb School of Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Nathan Farr is an Eagle scout, wrestler, and trained pilot. He hopes to study neuroscience, Spanish, and mathematics with the eventual goal of pursuing medicine.
Robby-Ferguson Robby Ferguson
William Blount High School
Maryville, TN
Computer Engineering
Robby volunteers weekly at Habitat for Humanity and plays tennis competitively, captaining his high school team for four years. He is an alumnus of the Tennessee Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies.
 Libby-Fortunato Libby Fortunato
Knoxville Catholic School
Knoxville, TN
Mechanical Engineering
Libby is the leader of her high school Mock Trial team and attended Tennessee Volunteer Girls State. She has also achieved the prestigious Gold Award from the Girl Scouts.
Ian-Francis Ian Francis
Brentwood High School
Nashville, TN
Ian is Section leader of his Marching Band, a Governor’s School alumnus, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta honors society. He has taken 13 AP classes throughout high school.
 RJ-Gibson RJ Gibson
Marmion Academy
Batavia, Illinois
Political Science
RJ is on his high school’s varsity baseball and basketball teams. He enjoys writing and hopes to continue sharing his ideas with others.
 Reia-Guevarra Reia Guevarra
Munford High School
Munford, TN
Hispanic Studies
Reiamari is her class’s valedictorian and enjoys music, crafts, and expressing herself creatively. She hopes to continue taking challenging courses in foreign language.
Jasmine-Jefferson  Jasmine Jefferson
White Station High School
Memphis, TN
Jasmine is a National Merit Finalist and leads her school’s flute section in the marching band. She is a voracious reader and enjoys working with her hands and learning about different cultures.
Neal-Jockmann Neal Jochmann
Webb School of Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Electrical Engineering
Neal is the head editor of his school’s literary magazine, and is actively involved in debate, theatre, and student government. He Is also passionate for writing and music, and hopes to pursue a wide range of interests in college
 Ben-Knight Ben Knight
Bearden High School
Knoxville, TN
Ben Knight swims nearly two and half ours a day and is vice president of SGA at his school. He is also passionate about creativity, and spends much of his time writing music, painting, and composing stories.
 Laura-Lauder Laura Lauder
Centennial High School
Franklin, TN
Political Science
Laura is a multi-instrumentalist, a crew leader for her county’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. She intends to study political science with hopes of practicing international law.
Bryson-Lype Bryson Lype
Ooltewah High School
Chattanooga, TN
Political Science
Bryson is a varsity tennis player and is active in multiple honors societies and the Rotary club. He is his class valedictorian and plans to pursue a career in law.
Patrick-McKenzie Patrick McKenzie
Searcy High School
Searcy, AK
Biological Sciences
Patrick McKenzie has worked as an algebra and chemistry tutor and is editor-in-chief of his high-school yearbook. He is senior class president and hopes to pursue a career in cancer research.
Suku-mohan Sukriti Mohan
St. Mary’s Episcopal School
Memphis, TN
Biological Sciences
Suku is her school’s mock trial Head Attourney, and has attended both Governor’s School for International Studies and Girl’s state. She has already conducted medical research and worked in optometry and oncology in Memphis.
Victoria Nelson Profile Pic  Victoria Nelson
Bearden High School
Knoxville, TN
Accounting BS
Victoria has taken 12 AP or dual enrollment classes throughout high school and is an executive member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, and SGA at her high school.
 Chisom-Oraedu Chisom Oraedu
Lausanne Collegiate School
Memphis, TN
Chisom is originally from Nigeria, and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society. She hopes to pursue medicine with a minor in cultural anthropology
 Caitlin-Pinkard Caitlin Pinkard
Brentwood High School
Brentwood, TN
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Caitlyn is captain of her school’s rugby team and is a National Merit Finalist. She is interested in psychology and veterinary medicine.
Grant-Powell Grant Powell
Collierville High School
Collierville, TN
Biomedical Engineering
Grant Powell was a varsity lacrosse player and cross country runner at his high school as well as an Academic All-Star. 
  Colleen-Ryan Colleen Ryan
Cookeville High School
Cookeville, TN
IDP-Global Studies
Colleen is editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper and has traveled to China, Ghana, and through Western Europe. She hopes to continue her interests in foreign-policy, international development, and human rights.
  Roman-Sherrod Roman Sherrod
Florence High School
Florence, AL
Nuclear Engineering
Roman has been interested in Nuclear engineering since he began high school and hopes to research at Oak Ridge National Lab. His goal is to see a commercialized fusion reactor operational within his lifetime
 Meeri-Shin Meeri Shin
Walker Valley High School
Cleveland, TN
Meeri is a founder of her schools debate and science olympiad teams and has served as president of HOSA for the last four years. She is also a varsity soccer player and section leader of her school’s band.
Harris-Smith Harris Smith
Smyrna High School
Smyrna, TN
International Studies
Harris is a volunteer at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is a Governor’s School and Boy’s State Alumnus. He has a broad range of interests from philosophy and religion to medicine and finance.
Anagha-Uppal-245x300 Anagha Uppal
Halls High School
Halls, TN
Computer Science
Anagha is proficient in five languages and is her school’s book club president. She also has conducted research in cancer treatment and is interested in software development
Louis-Varriano Louis Varriano
White Station High School
Memphis, TN
University Exploratory Track
Louis Varriano is president of his school’s robotics team and has a great interest in energy policy and politics. He is also involved in Model United Nations and Science Olympiad.
 Katherine-Wheeler Katherine Wheeler
Oak Ridge High School
Knoxville, TN
Arts and Sciences Exploratory Track
Katherine is a state officer in the Technology Student Association, for which she tutors younger students and organize national meeting on technology development. She is a National Merit Finalist and a US DoE Presidential Scholar Semifinalist.