St. Agnes Academy Celebrates 166th Graduating Class
Posted 05/13/2017 04:17PM

Congratulations to the St. Agnes Academy Class of 2017. This Class has earned $9 Million in scholarships for academic, athletic, art, leadership and service achievements. They have been accepted to 90 colleges and universities in 27 states from Hawaii to Massachusetts and New York to Texas. They have volunteered almost 9,500 hours of service to the community throughout high school. The Class of 2017 includes talented artists and actresses, scientists, mathematicians, writers and athletes. They have excelled academically and been leaders on our campus.

We wish our newest alumnae much success and happiness as they begin their college career firmly grounded in the Dominican pillars of Study, Prayer, Community and Service.


Valedictorian- Abby Heck

St. Agnes Academy Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Abby Heck, distinguished herself as an outstanding scholar and athlete during her 13 years as a student at St. Agnes Academy. In the fall, she will attend the University of Notre Dame where she will play Division 1 golf on a full scholarship. She plans to study Pre-Med.

Abby earned recognition as a National Merit Commended Student and earned AP Scholar honors.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, and Rho Kappa National Honor Society. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and served as President. She is a member of the STEM Club, Spanish Club and served as captain of the golf team. She has volunteered as a math tutor.

An exceptional golfer, Abby began playing golf when she was only six years old.  She competed as a member of the SAA Stars varsity golf team for five years and helped lead the STARS to state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Abby won individual back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015. She was named a Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Finalist for four years and named Golfer of the Year for two years.  Abby is also a decorated American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) player. Since 2014, she has four top-five finishes in AJGA events as well as six additional top-10 showings. Abby competed in the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior Championship, advancing to the Round of 64. She was named to the American Junior Golf Association 2015 Junior All-Star Team, and was the 2015 Bubba Conlee National Junior Champion.

Salutatorian- Allison Raney

St. Agnes Academy Salutatorian Allison Raney will attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she was awarded a University of Alabama Huntsville Charger Excellence Scholarship and a University of Alabama Huntsville Charger Excellence Housing Scholarship.  Allison is a National Merit Commended Student and earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition.  She served as the captain of the St. Agnes Mathletes team and as Vice President of the STEM Club. During the summer of 2016 Allison was one of only 40 students accepted to the prestigious Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University where she studied college level topics combining physics, calculus and computer science.

Allison is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Rho Kappa National Honor Society.  She served as the President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, as well as Treasurer & Secretary of the National Latin Honors Society. An accomplished violinist, Allison has been a member of the Memphis Youth String Orchestra and the St. Agnes Ensemble. She is a four-year member of the SAA Trap Team.  She has been a member of Girl Scout Troop 10068 at Lindenwood throughout high school, and is active in the Senior High Youth Group at St. Louis Church.

In addition to the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Allison was also accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame.  She was offered admission to Christian Brothers University where she received a Presidential Scholarship, a Catholic High School Grant, and a Christian Brothers University Alumni Scholarship. She earned an Austin Peay State University Presidential Scholarship, a General Assembly Merit Scholarship and the Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship.

Third Honors - Alexis Seward 

Alexis Seward earned Third Honors in the St. Agnes Class of 2017.  Alexis will enroll at the University of Georgia where she was awarded a University of Georgia Classic Scholarship. Alexis attended St. Agnes Academy for 15 years. An outstanding leader, she served as president of her class for four years. She founded and served as president of the St. Agnes Debate Club, was president of the National Latin Honor Society, and was a founding member of the Barbara H. Daush Leadership Institute. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She earned AP Scholar recognition for her performance on AP exams, and she was selected to participate in the St. Jude Scholars of Tomorrow Program. 

A four-year member of the St. Agnes varsity soccer team, Alexis was named as a State Finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman Award which program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school seniors for excellence in academics, athletics, and community involvement. As a senior she was named offensive player of the year and earned all region honors. Strongly committed to community service, she is the founding member of Brian's Touch, a nonprofit organization that she started in memory of her uncle. She serves as a Special Needs Buddy, volunteers in the ECC at St. Agnes-St. Dominic, and tutors students at St. Michael's School.

 Alexis was named a University of South Carolina Capstone Scholar and a McKissick Scholar and received a University of South Carolina Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. She earned a Rhodes College Cambridge Scholarship, a University of Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship, a Clemson University Out-of-State Academic Scholarship, and an Auburn University Academic Heritage Scholarship. She was also awarded a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, a General Assembly Merit Scholarship and a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship.


The following Departmental Academic Awards were presented during the Baccalaureate:


Literature Medal

Elisabeth Stockley

Writing Medal

Nicole Simon


Fine Arts

Drama Medal

Maegan Moore

Music Medal

Elizabeth Elrod

Visual Arts Medal

Caroline Conrad



Abby Heck & Allison Raney



The Mertie Buckman Medal

Abby Heck


Social Sciences

The Mr. Bill Cate Excellence in Social Sciences Medal

Maegan Moore & Elisabeth Stockley



The Saint Agnes Medal

Katie Posey


World Languages

The Dr. Joy Maness Excellence in French Medal

Cailyn Ratliff


The Mr. Frank R. Martinez Excellence in Spanish Medal

Abby Heck & Elisabeth Stockley


The members of the Class of 2017 were offered admission to the following colleges and universities:

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Auburn University, Auburn, Al

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Baylor University, Waco, TX

Belmont University, Nashville

Bethel University, McKenzie, TN.

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Christian Brothers University, Memphis

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

DePaul University, Chicago

Drury University, Springfield, MO

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

Hawai'i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Indiana University, Bloomington

Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

Lipscomb University, Nashville

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Loyola University of Chicago

Manhattan College, New York City

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Maryville College, Maryville, TN

McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

Memphis College of Art

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro

Mississippi State University, Starkville

Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York City

Niagara University, Niagara, NY

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Pace University, Pleasantville, NY

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN

Pepperdine University, Seaver College, Malibu, CA

Rhodes College, Memphis

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Samford University, Birmingham, AL

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Sewanee, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Southwest Community College, Memphis

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY

St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY

Tennessee State University, Nashville

Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, TN

Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

Tulane University, New Orleans

University of Alabama, Huntsville

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

University of Arizona, Tucson

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Central Missouri

University of Central Oklahoma, Warrensburg, MO

University of Dallas

University of Georgia, Athens

University of Kentucky, Lexington

University of Memphis

University of Mississippi, Oxford

University of North Alabama, Florence, AL

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

University of South Carolina, Columbia

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Westminster College, Fulton, MO

William Woods University, Fulton, MO



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