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Top 10 Honor Students at Jay High School

Top 10 Honor Students at Jay High School

Jay High School Principal, Brad Marcilliat and Assistant Principal, Carlisle Griffin are proud to announce the Top 10 Honor Students for the Class of  2012.

Valedictorian – Tessa Hendricks

Tessa has a weighted GPA of 4.64.  She is the daughter of Ricky and Nina Hendricks.  Tessa is the granddaughter of Anita Locklin and the late Hank Locklin, Percy and Lib Alford, and B.D. and Virginia Hendricks.  She has two brothers, Brandt and Rush.

Tessa has been on the “A” Honor Roll for all four years at Jay High, she was the Softball Scholar Athlete, on the “A Team” for Math.

Some of her favorite memories at Jay are: Winning Runner-Up at the State Softball finals; Homecoming in 2010 and 2011; the 2011 Prom; all of the football games she was able to cheer at; participating in basketball, volleyball, softball and competition cheerleading,

Tessa plans to attend the University of Alabama.



Salutatorian – Maranda Faith WiseMaranda’s parents are Curtis and Mary W.W. Amerson and the late Jesse George Wise.  Her grandparents are Patricia O’Farrell, Jerry C. Wise, and Curtis and Betty Amerson.  She has one sister, Arie’l Stewart.

Maranda Accomplishments include: Best in Home Economics 9th ; Best in Spanish II and Second Place in the Jay High History Fair (grade 10); Best in Science, Best in Social Studies, Best in English, First Place in the Jay Arts Festival for Printmaking/Scratchboard, Third Place in the Jay Arts Festival for Drawing, Second Place in the All County Art Exhibition for Beginning Art (grade 11); Best in Social Studies, Honorable Mention in the Pensacola Interstate Fair for Beginning Art, Honorable Mention in the Century Sawmill Graphic Design Contest (grade 12).

Scholarships she is receiving include: PenAir Federal Credit Union Scholarship; Bennett C. and Kathy F. Russell Memorial Scholarship; Florida State University- University Freshman Scholarship; Better Business Bureau Foundation Student Ethics Scholarship; Florida Bight Futures Academic Scholarship; Bright House Networks Laptop Scholarship and Royal Elite Scholarship.

After high school, Maranda plans to attend Florida State University and achieve both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Associate of Science in Criminology. Following these achievements, she will be applying for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and begin working toward her ultimate goal: the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Maranda’s  favorite memory of school happened on June 9, 2010. It was the last day of the tenth grade year and also her birthday. It was only a half day, but her friend Travis came to wish her a “Happy Birthday.” They were sitting in science class talking about summer vacation when Travis grabbed a chessboard off one of the empty desks. He spent the next hour or so trying to teach her chess. She was terrible at it then and still is today, but she can’t help but look on the game fondly.

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Meredith Owens  3 of 59, her weighted GPA is 4.55.  She is the daughter of Rick and Sabrina Owens.  Meredith’s grandparents are James and Betty Owens, and Ray and Patsy Free.  She has one brother, Zach and one sister, Carly.

Meredith has been on the All “A” Honor Roll for 4 years, she received the English, Science and Social Studies Achievement Awards, she is the school Sunshine State Scholar for having the best combination of GPA, FCAT and ACT.

Her favorite memory at Jay was Homecoming of her Senior year.

After high school Meredith plans on attending the University of Alabama.

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Caristyn Golden  4 of 59, her unweighted GPA is 3.98.  She is the daughter of Cathy and Daniel Golden.  Her grandparents are John and Juanita Lowery, Elaine and Marcus Golden.  She has one sister, Ciara and one brother, John Daniel.

Caristyn was selected for “Excellence in Social Studies”-9th grade; “Excellence in Health Science” -10th grade; “Excellence in Physical Education” and History Bowl Delegate – 11th grade.

Her favorite memories here at Jay are breaking the school record in the 4X800 relay at the State Track Meet and then celebrating with her teammates at Sea World.

Caristyn plans to attend Troy University after graduation.

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Sawyer Hudson  5 of 59, his weighted GPA is 4.55.  He is the son of Gwen Hudson and Robert Hudson.  He is the grandson of the late Azel and Lucille Scott and the late B.W. and Nadine Hudson.  He has one sister, Hilaree Milliron and one brother, Bert Hudson.

Sawyer was selected as the 2011 Boys State Delegate, a delegate for the EREC Youth Tour.  He was chosen as a Weekly Scholar Athlete, Wendy’s Heisman, All “A” Academic Team Competition (Mathematics Delegate and alternate for Social Studies and Science) .  He is a recipient of High School Heroes Scholarship, a finalist for the Taylor Haugen Scholarship.

His favorite memory at Jay is attending S.G.A. trips and hanging out with friends.

Sawyer plans to attend the University of Florida after graduation and is focused on obtaining his post-graduate degree in Law to become an Attorney.

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Rebecca Calloway  6 of 59, her weighted GPA is 4.5.  Her parents are Keith and Mandy Holland.  Granparents are Phillip and Sue Kelly, and Billy and Mary Jane Holland.  She has two sisters, Samantha Calloway and Leigha Holland.

Becca has been on the “A” Honor Roll for all 4 years.

Her favorite memories at Jay are: Homecoming her senior year and being State Runner-Up in Softball.

After graduation, Becca will be attending Pensacola State College, playing  softball for the Pirates and pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

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Cody English  7 of 59, weighted GPA is 3.96.  His parents are Scott and Kristy English, grandparents are Marshall and Dot Diamond.  He has two brothers, Justin and Rhett.

Cody is receiving the Bright Futures scholarship, the PSC/UF 2+2 scholarship, and the Pensacola Interstate Fair Award.

After graduation Cody will attend Pensacola State College, then plans to go to the University of Florida majoring in Plant Science.

His favorite memory is going with the baseball team to the final four.


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Hayley Mulford  8 of 59, weighted GPA is .  Hayley is the daughter of Dawn Roberts and Mike Mulford.  Her grandparents are Durwood and Alice Mulford and Hurbert and Lorrine Rowell. Hayley has one sister, Megan.

Hayley is the recipient of the John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grant, Florida Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship,  and was chosen as the Scholar Athlete for Volleyball.

Hayley is planning to attend Pensacola State College to finish her Associates Degree, then pursue a course of study in Occupational Therapy.

Hayley’s favorite memories are of attending all the Prom and Homecoming Dances and going to the Regional tournament with the volleyball team.




Sammy James  9 of 59, weighted GPA is 4.43.  Sammy is the son of Steve and Tressa James.  His grandparents are Joseph and Gail James and Jim and Lou Dupuis.  He has two sisters, Holly Carter and Lindsey James and one brother, Steven James.

Sammy has been in the National Beta Club and National Honor Society for 4 years.  He was named as the Baseball Scholar Athlete.

His favorite memory is winning the Homecoming game his senior year.

After graduation, Sammy, plans to attend Pensacola State College and play baseball for the Pirates.


Lauren Diamond  10 of 59, weighted GPA is 4.4.  Lauren is the daughter of Mickey Diamond and Tammy Linzy.  Her grandparents are Marshall and Dot Diamond and the late Buck and Dorothy Scott.  She has four step-sisters: Jordan and Brook Linzy, Amber Martin, and April Mistovich.

Lauren has been on the “A” Honor Roll for her 9th, 11th and 12th grade years.

Her favorite memories are all the homecoming activities her senior year,  being on the girls basketball team and winning the Christmas Tournament 2 years in a row.

Lauren plans to attend Pensacola State College after graduation.  She plans on transferring to the University of West Florida after 2 years to finish her degree in Business.

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