HUNTSVILLE — Lou Chaney has been named valedictorian of Scott High School’s Class of 2019, while Conner Miller has been named salutatorian, Principal Melissa Rector announced Monday.

The Class of 2019’s honor graduates included 15 students with grade point averages in excess of 4.0, including Chaney with a GPA of 4.179 and Miller with a GPA of 4.172.

The rest of the top academic students included Caleb Shuey, Emma Todd, Kendi Chadwell, Kelcee Griffith, Leighann Morrell, McKayla Babb, Grace Sexton, Kyra Stanley, Shyanna Isabel, Caley Moffette, Rachel Lewallen, Peyton Mason and Baylee Griffith.

This year’s graduating class is the eighth at Scott High to complete the school’s honors program, which includes three main criteria for recognition: coursework, achievement and service learning. 

“Each of the Top Academic Students has completed a very strategic honors program that highlights achievement and acceleration in today’s high school studies,” the school said. “They have taken additional advanced math and science courses as well as participated in multiple dual enrollment courses. Each of the students has a GPA exceeding 4.0 and will graduate with 18-to-24 college credit hours.”

In order to qualify for honors status, students are also required to achieve a level of college readiness on the ACT exam, plus complete 20 hours of community service learning during their senior year.

Among the honors graduates: 

Leesha Lou Chaney, valedictorian, is the daughter of Leroy Chaney and the late Heather Chaney of Robbins. She is a four-year member of the basketball team, cross-country team, track and field team, Beta Club, and a one-year member of the Journalism Club. She was a state qualifier in cross country and received honorable mention in the 2018-2019 basketball season. She is the senior class vice president and is also recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She has volunteered with Mission of Hope and Winfield Public Library. She plans to continue her education with the Tennessee Air National Guard while attending Middle Tennessee State University with a major in aerospace maintenance management.

Conner Dane Miller, salutatorian, is the son of Anthony and Rhonda Miller of Robbins. He is a four-year member of the soccer team and Beta Club, three-year member of the French Club, two-year member of the track and field team, and one-year member of the cross country team and student council. He has been class president since his sophomore year. He has volunteered with many local events, including the Heritage Festival and Relay For Life. He plans to attend Carson-Newman University, become a lawyer and save lives.

Caleb Shuey is the son of Russel Shuey and Marie Lowe of Oneida. He is a four-year member of Beta Club and a two-year member of the STAND Coalition. He is also a member of Upward Bound. He has been recognized by the National Honor Society and as a Tennessee Scholar. He received the History Award at Robbins Middle School. He has volunteered with Morrison Hill Baptist Church and has completed Habitat ReStore work with the STAND Coalition. He plans to attend Carson-Newman University and major in psychology.

Emma Todd is the daughter of Matthew and Andi Todd of Helenwood. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and one-year member of the Journalism Club. She is an active member of Helenwood Baptist Church. She has been recognized as the STAND Student of the Month and as a Tennessee Scholar. She has volunteered at the Heritage Festival, Samaritan’s Purse and Mission of Hope. She is excited to travel to Africa for her first mission trip this summer, and plans to attend Roane State Community College.

Kendi Chadwell is the daughter of Kenneth and Felicia Chadwell of Helenwood. She is a four-year member of the softball team and the Beta Club, two-year competitor in the National History Day, and is a one-year member of the Scholars’ Bowl team. She was awarded all-district for softball in 2018. She placed third in the National History Day competition in 2018. She plans to pursue a degree in psychology and become a detective.

Kelcee Griffith is the daughter of Jonathan and Pam Griffith of Helenwood. She is a four-year member of Talent Search, a two-year member of the Pep Club and a one-year member of HOSA. She is also a member of the Beta Club. She has been awarded the Citizenship Award by the National Honor Society and has also been recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University and major in biology with a focus in pre-medicine.

Leighann Morrell is the daughter of John and Pearlie Morrell of Huntsville. She is a four-year member of the cheerleading team and SWAT Club, four-year member of the Beta Club and a one-year member of the Scott High Bluegrass Band. She was captain of the Scott High cheerleading squad and has been recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She attends Lick Fork Baptist Church. She plans to obtain a degree in nursing.

McKayla Babb is the daughter of Mike and Hope Babb of Pioneer. She is a four-year member of the basketball team, soccer team and Beta Club. She is also a two-year member of the softball team. She has been selected for honorable mention in basketball. She was also on the first team all-district in soccer and named “Favorite Babb” by Coach Eric Henry. She is a member of White Rock Baptist Church. She plans to attend Roane State Community College, then transfer to Lincoln Memorial University to become a pediatric nurse.

Grace Sexton is the daughter of Jimmy and Debby Sexton of Helenwood. She is a four-year member of the basketball team, track team and SWAT Club. She is a three-year member of the cross country team and a four-year member of Beta Club. She is a 1,000 Point Club member for the Lady Highlanders’ basketball team and was named all-district three times. She is a school record holder in the 300 meter hurdles and a state qualifier in cross country. She attends Trinity Baptist Church and is an assistant coach for a sixth grade AAU basketball team. She plans to pursue a career in  the medical field.

Kyra Stanley is the daughter of Tim and Ginger Stanley of Helenwood. She is a four-year member of the Scott High School honors program, a four-year member of the Beta Club and softball team, a three-year member of the basketball team, and a four-year member of the soccer team. She is a member of the youth group at Trinity Baptist Church. She received the district and regional most valuable player award in soccer. She has volunteered at AYSO and Boys & Girls Club youth leagues. She plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Shyanna Isabel is the daughter of Isiac and Michelle Isabel of Pioneer. She is a four-year member of the Pep Club, a three-year member of the French Club and Talent Search, and a four-year member of the Beta Club. She has been recognized by the National Honor Society. She is a member of the STAND Junior Coalition board. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and obtain a job in the medical field.

Caley Moffette is the daughter of Jimmy Lee and Amy Moffette of Robbins. She is a four-year member of the Scott High honors program and a four-year member of the Beta Club. She is recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She is a member of Black Creek Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee and study film and photography.

Rachel Lewallen is the daughter of Tim and Marietta Lewallen of Oneida. She is a four-year member of Talent Search and Beta Club. She is recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She is an active member of West Oneida Baptist Church. She plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in nursing.

Peyton Mason is the son of Douglas Mason and Amy Day of Pioneer. He is a member of Beta Club and Upward Bound. He attends Trinity Baptist Church. He was voted Most Artistic by his classmates and is recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. He plans to become an anesthesiologist.

Baylee Griffith is the daughter of Everett and Georgette Griffith and Jennifer Foisy of Oneida. She is a four-year member of the Scott High honors program, Beta Club and French Club. She is recognized as a Tennessee Scholar. She has volunteered at many local events, such as Operation Christmas Child, Future Highlander Night and Mission of Hope. She plans to attend Kent State University in Ohio and major in English as she pursues a career as an editor.