Star Staff Reports
Tipton-Rosemark Academy Distinguished Scholars are graduating with the highest graduating honor. Pictured above from left are Mitch Long, Patrick Brown and Mitch James.
TRA Scholars earn a Distinguished Honors Diploma as well as a 7th semester GPA range of 3.0-3.25. Pictured above are (Front row, left to right) Brooke Bridges, Taylor Beasley, Brodie Starnes, Tino Garibay, Katie Hambick, Shea Morrow (2nd row, left to right) Ethan Carpenter, Havana Silva, Sarah Kate Downing, Wayne Smith, Heidi Miller, Emily Hart (3rd row, left to right) Rebecca Savage, Lillie Cox, Nathan Smith, Nate Phillips, Abby Dunford, Ally Naifeh (4th row, left to right) Margaret Standridge, Mary Grace Simonton, Brandon Winfield, William Prince (5th row, left to right) McKenzie Sherman, Harsh Verma, Drew Whiteside, Zach Richardson, Logan Newman, Ryan Duffy, Ethan Watson, AJ Wimberly, and AJ Hightower
Tipton-Rosemark Academy held it’s Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Millington. Pictured are the students in the class of 2016 graduating with honors. “We are proud of this class and the accomplishments they have achieved,” said Head of Schools, John Scott. “This has been an exciting year for TRA, as we’ve focused on celebrating 50 years of providing a Christian based education.”
Tipton-Rosemark Academy began in 1965 as Tipton Academy in a house in Munford. Those parents wanted a school that would utilize Christian teaching as a core part of a mission to prepare students for the next educational step and beyond. In 1970, Tipton Academy purchased Rosemark School, adding grades 9-12. In 1988, the Board of Directors consolidated the schools onto one campus and renamed it Tipton-Rosemark Academy. “We’ve come a long way from that small house in Munford,” says Mr. Scott. “But one thing remains the same. Parents, teachers, administrators and everyone involved in the school still want the best for our children and we work together to prepare them for the future.”
This year’s class is leaving a legacy of their own. One hundred percent of the 50 graduates were accepted to college and the class will boast total scholarship earnings well over $1million. Four of the graduates received the Commercial Appeal Academic All-Stars Award: Mitch Long – General Scholarship; Drew Whiteside – General Scholarship and AJ Wimberly – Drama & Speech. Additionally, for the second year in a row, a TRA student received one of the overall category awards with Heidi Miller winning the Music Category. The class dedicated itself to community service and spent time in their home communities serving others. And last summer they spent a week on a mission trip in the school’s adopted village in the Dominican Republic.
“This group of seniors are well prepared for college and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them,” said Guidance Counselor, Michelle Ruse. “I’m confident they will make a difference.”