2014 Rymer Scholarship Finalists Announced

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lee University has announced the 2014 Rymer Scholarship finalists. Provided through the Rymer Foundation, the scholarships honor local student achievement and encourage talented high school students to remain in the Cleveland area.

A total of nine students were selected as Rymer finalists for 2014: Christian Albritton, Bailey Cortney, Mikaela Clements, Hannah Holland, Chanda Hughes, Katrina Hughes, David Queen, Tayler Sutton and Alexis Wright. 

Three finalists will be designated as Rymer Gold Scholars, three as Rymer Silver Scholars, and three as Rymer Bronze Scholars. Principals from Bradley Central, Cleveland, and Walker Valley high schools have selected faculty representatives to serve alongside Lee University representatives on a selection committee. The committee conducts interviews with each finalist and will announce the award recipients at the annual Rymer Scholarship banquet on Tuesday.

Winners are selected based on their leadership in extracurricular, athletic and church-based activities, high school rank, grade point average, college-board exam scores, and the interview. 

Mr. Albritton, a senior at Bradley County High School, is the son of Christopher and Tricia Albritton. Currently ranked 14 out of 375, with a GPA of 4.0, he serves as the snare captain of the marching band and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Mr. Albritton serves in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church student ministry by volunteering for “Hands for the Homeless” and is a member of the youth praise band. He has served on multiple missions trips and has played a benefit concert for a Family Promise fundraiser.

Ms. Clements, a senior at Cleveland High School, is the daughter of Greg and Monica Clements. Currently ranked 26 out of 298 with a 3.89 GPA, she is the varsity volleyball captain for Cleveland High School, a member of FCA leadership, and is involved with Young Life, a ministry to teen moms. Ms. Clements served at Christmas Memories, Great Strides, and various local food drives. She attends Church Alive Ministries, where she sings on the praise and worship team and volunteers in children’s church.

Ms. Cortney, a senior at Walker Valley High School, is the daughter of Chris Cortney and Amanda Elliott. She is currently ranked 29 out of 342, with a GPA of 3.9. Ms. Cortney was a member of Walker Valley’s basketball team and the Beta club, and is a Tennessee Scholar. She has volunteered at Christmas Memories, Operation Christmas Child, and the Pink Ribbon Bowl. She is a member of Central Baptist Church in Hixon (Abba’s House).

Ms. Holland, the daughter of Sean and Erin Holland, is a senior at Cleveland High School. Currently ranked 1 out of 298, with a GPA of 4.0, she is a Tennessee Scholar, has been on both the Cleveland High softball and soccer teams, and was a member of Junior Health Council. She has served at Cleveland Middle School’s registration, with the Haven Place Homeless Center reconstruction, and at the New Hope Pregnancy Center. Actively involved in church work, Ms. Holland has been a teacher for Awana, and a camp counselor for Pure in Heart Camp and Camp Cherokee.

Ms. Chanda Hughes, a senior at Walker Valley High School, is the daughter of Maurice and Tonya Hughes. Currently ranked 27 out of 342, Ms. Hughes has a GPA of 3.92, has been a member of the Walker Valley color guard, participated in multiple school musicals, and is a four year class representative through student government. She has served with the Miss Beautiful Pageant, Christmas Memories, and the Boys and Girls Club Christmas dinner.  Ms. Hughes attends Mt. Olive Church of God, where she is a part of the drama ministry team, student council, and the 30-hour famine, a ministry to fight world hunger.

Ms. Katrina Hughes, a senior at Bradley Central High School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Peggy Hughes. She is currently ranked 37 out of 375, with a GPA of 3.92. She is co-president Bradley’s Invisible Children club, a member of the National Honor Society, and is a Tennessee Scholars. Ms. Hughes has served as a cook and server at The Family Kitchen in Cleveland, and serves at her church, Valley View Baptist, in the choir, nursery, Vacation Bible School and prayer walk.

Son of Dennis and Angie Queen, Mr. Queen is a senior at Cleveland High School. Currently ranked 1 out of 298 in his class, with a GPA of 4.0, Mr. Queen has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta club, National Honor Society, Constitution Bowl, and baseball. He has served at his First Baptist’s Vacation Bible School, Creating Christmas Memories, and the Cleveland State math lab. An active member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Mr. Queen serves as a greeter for his youth group, and as an usher for the church.

Ms. Sutton, a senior at Walker Valley High School, is the daughter of Brian and Renee Sutton. Currently ranked 50 out of 342 with a 3.81 GPA, Ms. Sutton played varsity basketball, was a member of the Beta club and the National English Honor Society. She has served with Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, and Christmas Memories. A member of Peerless Church of God, Ms. Sutton has led worship for a children’s summer camp, been a summer camp staff member, and is a part of the regular youth worship band.

A senior at Walker Valley High School, Ms. Wright is the daughter of Zachary and Kristy Wright. She is currently ranked 2 out of 342 with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Future Teachers of America. She volunteers with the Cowpea Festival, Ocoee Middle volleyball camps, and the New Hope Pregnancy Center. Ms. Wright attends Hopewell Church of God, where she is a part of the praise and worship band and delivers gifts to local elderly patients at Claire Bridge and local families.


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