Class of 2022

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Class of 2022

The 64 members of the 161st graduating class of SCA earned more than $16.5 million in merit awards. They received scholarships for academic merit, leadership, athletics, service, and the arts.

Our graduates were accepted to 155 schools in 32 different states and the District of Columbia, including 2 Ivy League universities. They will attend 45 different colleges and universities in 22 states.

Our school theme, "Behold I make all things new" was ever-present from the announcement that we will add 7th and 8th grades in the fall of 2022 to breaking ground on the new field house and renovating for our upcoming 2022-2023 school year. We are excited that each member of the Class of 2022 will go out into the world knowing they are loved, prepared for the world that awaits them, and confident women of faith who walk with God.

Graduates will attend...

Ashley Lane Albright - Belmont University
Shelby Leigh Albright - Belmont University
Helen Louise Alexander - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Shyma Khalid Alshari - Northeastern University
Olivia Marie Ammerman - Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Ruth Elizabeth Anglin - University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Alyssa Annemarie Barca - The College of William and Mary
Madeline Marie Bennett - Fordham University
Ivy Elizabeth Brothers - Eckerd College
Abagail McKee Bujdos - DePaul University
Crystal Michelle Chon - Rose-Hullman University
Ava Grace Cirigliano - Florida State University
Ella Hill Crouch - Xavier University
Anna Jane Donelly - Grand Canyon University
Susanna Cornelia Donnelly - University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Nora Frances Doyle - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ansley Truitt Dunn - Texas Christian University
Lizzie Farriss - Middle Tennessee State University
Ava Grace Gaccetta - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Emma Margaret Galassini - Auburn University
Margaret Grace Gilles - University of Dayton
Aliyah Kailin Good - University of Miami
Emma Claire Hagey - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lizzeth Guadalupe Hernandez - Lipscomb University
Marissa Victoria Houff - Texas Christian University
Anna Virginia Huber - University of Notre Dame
Amelia Claire Johnston - Indiana University
Isabel Eva Leonard - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Bethaney Amarah Mallory-Smothers - Belmont University
Ella Carrigan Martini - University of Arkansas
Ava Juliana Grace McKamey - Chapman University
Baily Ann Meacham - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Priyanka Ann Merkelz - University of the Incarnate Word
Augusta Anne Miller - Columbia University
Marion Chase Mills - DePaul University
Cindy Le Nguyen - St. Louis University
Meghan Caroline O'Dwyer - Mississippi State University
Parker McCabe Victoria O'Keefe - Gulliford College
Sophia Isabella Ochoa - Xavier University
Lily Michelle Parsons - Savannah College of Art and Design
Grace Elizabeth Peneguy - Tennessee Tech University
Margaret Flanigen Phillips - University of Georgia
Sophia Rose Preisler - Xavier University
Lauren Mary Regnier - Auburn University
Georgeann Grace Ritter - Roanoke College
Eleanor Marie Rodgers - Dartmouth College
Sylvia Elizabeth Roth - Sewanee, The University of the South
Ava Elizabeth Rudenske - Marist College
Edie Nicole Sartain - Colorado State University
Olivia Grace Sherrer - Purdue University
Jordan Elizabeth Schrage - Agnes Scott College
Kylie Celeste Smith - Belmont University
Mia Malone Smitherman - University of Georgia
Rachel Elizabeth Smola - Collegium Santorum Angelorum
Kendall Carrinn St. Charles - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ava Elizabeth Thienel - Rice University
Vivian Shea Thienel - University of Georgia
Isabella Dizon Tiamson - University of Southern California
Teria Lauren Tibbs - Lipscomb University
Danielle Susan Tyson - North Carolina Central University
Ariane May Chapman Ungurait - University of Georgia
Lily Claire Whetsel - Allegheny College
Stella Claire Wright - Tulane University

Valedictorian Ellie Rodgers

Congratulations to Eleanor Mary Rodgers for being named this year’s valedictorian. Ellie is best known at SCA for her academic prowess in the STEM subjects, but she is also an accomplished musician who has played piano since her early childhood and is a dedicated conservationist. Academically, she is distinguished by her ability to make connections across disparate fields. The multiple academic medals reflect this interdisciplinary approach for best class performance that she’s received in subjects as diverse as AP Physics, American Literature, and even Chorus. With her interest in cognitive science as the prime directive, our valedictorian crafted a four-year academic plan that allowed her to take 11 AP classes, including every AP science class that we offer, and to exceed our math curriculum, all while earning an incredible GPA of 100.33. To further her academic interests, this student spent two years working after school and during the summers with a neuroscience laboratory at Vanderbilt. The professor for whom she worked, described her as the best high school student that he had worked with in thirty-seven years.

This student is not just academic. She is also a leader who has served as her class vice-president, a school ambassador, the lead programmer of our robotics team, the President of Mu Alpha Theta, and Vice President of NHS. In addition, our valedictorian has devoted herself to many hours of service, especially during Covid when she worked with Second Harvest Food Bank. Most importantly, this young woman is gracious and giving. She is both brilliant and talented, but she accepts the honors she has earned with a wonderful sense of modesty and humility. This fall, she will attend Dartmouth College, where she plans to major in neuroscience.

Salutatorian Rachel Smola

Congratulations to Rachel Elizabeth Smola for being named this year’s Salutatorian. Rachel will leave our school having taken a full schedule of honors and AP classes. She has a GPA of 99.44, but she also finds time to participate in many school activities. She’s a talented musician who has shared her gifts with us in both choir and chamber ensemble performances since her freshman year. She’s also performed extensively with Vanderbilt’s Youth Orchestra Program. We will always remember her best as our devoted president of Sodality. In that role, she led us in prayer each afternoon, hosted our virtual March for Life during Covid, led Wednesday Rosary, helped with the set-up for school Masses, and organized numerous library service projects. In the fall, this gifted young woman of deep and abiding faith will attend the Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum in Maryland where she plans to study the liberal arts with a focus on sacred music.

St. Cecilia Girl Izzy Tiamson

Congratulations to Isabella Dizon Tiamson for being named this year’s St. Cecilia Girl. The title of St. Cecilia Girl is the highest honor St. Cecilia Academy confers on a student. By vote of the juniors and seniors, with faculty approval, a senior is chosen who best exemplifies the ideals of St. Cecilia Academy. The St. Cecilia Girl is also the Lisa Elcan Bruner Memorial Scholarship recipient.
Izzy radiates charm and good humor. From the moment she arrived at St. Cecilia, she has been a natural leader and someone the younger girls turn to. She’s confident, exceptionally personable, persuasive, and always makes an effort to include those around her. She juggles an incredible workload, taking nothing but honors and AP classes, plays varsity basketball, performs in our choir, performs lead roles in our school plays and musicals, and does an extensive amount of service, all with a cheerful smile.

During Covid, this student put her faith into action. She spent many hours with Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, delivering burritos, cold drinks, and, more importantly, her good cheer to countless homeless men and women throughout the city. Not surprisingly, her peers voted this multi-talented, gracious and compassionate young woman Spirit Queen last year and class President for the past three years. Our SCA Girl will attend the University of Southern California in the fall, where she will major in public health with a minor in theater and film.

St. Cecilia Academy 161st Commencement