IMG_1147Class of 2018 Honor Graduates

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Fayette Academy announced the Class of 2018 Honor Graduates. Each of Fayette Academy’s honor graduates has completed a minimum of four honors courses while also maintaining the required grade point average throughout their high school career. Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a minimum 3.25 grade point average; Magna Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a grade point average of 3.5, and Summa Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a grade point average of 3.85 or higher.


IMG_1148Hanah Walker, Valedictorian Summa Cum Laude ; Jill Grant, Salutatorian Summa Cum Laude;  Max Phillips, Summa Cum Laude; Jordan Grant, Summa Cum Laude; Austin Creech, Summa Cum Laude; Jonathan Glover, Summa Cum Laude; Addison Bray, Summa Cum Laude; Emilie Hug, Summa Cum Laude; Alex Wadley, Summa Cum Laude; Kendall Walker, Summa Cum Laude; Sarah Layne Ellis, Summa Cum Laude; Hayley Grace Moffatt, Summa Cum Laude; Chloe Poole, Summa Cum Laude; Luke Reeves, Summa Cum Laude; Maddy Pierski, Summa Cum Laude; Jacob Moton, Summa Cum Laude; Kylie Webb, Summa Cum Laude; Courtney Harness, Magna Cum Laude; Morgan Shrull, Magna Cum Laude; Kalissa Bearden, Magna Cum Laude; Whitney Ellis, Magna Cum Laude; Shelley Golden, Magna Cum Laude; Vivian Ferge, Magna Cum Laude; Zach Doohen, Magna Cum Laude; and Kaitlin Bowers, Cum Laude.

WordSmith Writing Olympics 20180225_191225

The following Fayette Academy students all placed in the WordSmith Writing Olympics sponsored by the University of Memphis English Department: seventh grader Annie Thornton (daughter of Carl and Lee Ann Thornton of Brownsville), eighth grader Alayna Pardue (daughter of Jimmy and Niki Pardue of Oakland), ninth grader Caleb Bearden (son of Jeremy Bearden of Lakeland and Mark and Amanda Martin of Somerville), and eleventh grader Neenee Lyons (daughter of Jennifer Lyons of Somerville). Seventh through twelfth graders from private and public schools in the Memphis area complete in this highly competitive event. Other schools to place this year are St. Francis, St. Agnes, Lausanne, Westminster, Collierville Middle/High School, St. Dominic, White Station Middle/High School, Snowden, Houston High School, Hutchison, Germantown High School, Briarcrest, and Memphis University School.

In this stiff competition, more than 200 middle and high school students test their writing skills in various timed writing dashes: a 40-word description of an object without actually naming it, a 100-word narrative capturing what’s taking place in an unusual picture, and a 120-word persuasion where the students take a position on an issue by an assortment of recent news headlines. All dashes are judged by the University of Memphis English Department faculty and local teachers, who also serve as coaches for many of the teams. Students receive ribbons for first, second, third, or honorable mention. All winners are then invited to compete in the 400-word main event, an expository composition on a topic chosen by a WordSmith organizers.

From left to right, Neenee Lyons earned an honorable mention in the 10 minute 40-yard dash and a third place in the 60 minute 400-word main event dash—all contributing to Fayette Academy’s receiving the third place trophy; Alayna Pardue received an honorable mention ribbon in the 40-word dash; Annie Thornton won third place in the 30 minute 120-word dash, second place in the 40-word dash, and third place in the 400-word main event dash—all culminating in her receiving the gold medal and Fayette Academy the third place trophy; finally, Caleb Bearden received third place for both the 40-word and 400-word dashes—all adding up to his winning a bronze medal

Each of these students deserves a hearty congratulation.


Fayette Academy Recognizes Outstanding ACT Achievement

IMG_1070 Fayette Academy, a college preparatory school in Somerville, Tennessee, inducts new students each year to the ACT 30+ Club. The 30+ Club is made up of two groups: students who have scored a 30+ composite ACT score and students who have scored a 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. During the December test, three more students were inducted to the ACT 30+ Club.

Approximately one-third of Fayette Academy students who have taken the ACT have scored 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. Fayette Academy’s 30+ Club currently holds 15 students in the 30+ Composite group, and 34 students in the 30+ Subtest group. Fayette Academy is also proud to recognize the outstanding accomplishment of 4 students who earned a perfect 36 score on at least one subtest of the ACT.

IMG_1074“We recognize the hard work and determination it takes to achieve at this level.  We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments but also the accomplishments of our faculty who work diligently to help students realize and achieve their goals,” noted Head of School Courtney Burnette. “We hope to see each Fayette Academy student reach his/her college choice goals, and a rigorous curriculum and strong work ethic taught on a daily basis provides a strong foundation for success.”

Presently, Fayette Academy offers two ACT preparatory classes for students on a daily basis. The curriculum includes a focus on English, mathematics, reading, science, writing, and test-taking skills.

30+ Club Composite: Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan

30+ Subtest: Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan, Grayson Weatherly, Chloe Poole, Alex Wadley, Luke Reeves, Matthew Boozer, Jacob Cronogue, Reed Holland, Wilson Morris, Richard Tapp, Kylie Webb, Maddie Pierski, Hayley Grace Moffatt, Nee Nee Lyons, Amber Hilliard, Brooke Jackson, Casey Melton, Whitney Ellis, Jordan Mills

36 Perfect Scores: Max Phillips (English & Reading), Caroline Rinks (English & Reading), Hanah Walker (English), Kendall Walker (Reading)

 UoM HonorFayette Academy Band Students Attend U of M Honor Band

Students were nominated to join clinicians at the University of Memphis for their annual honor band.  The nominated students then went through an audition process and were placed in the Grey Band.  Students spent the weekend working with the clinician and learning several pieces for a concert they performed on Saturday February 3.  Students pictured left to right: Justin Martin (percussion), NeeNee Lyons (flute), Casey Melton (flute), and Andrew Boozer (trombone).

 All-WestFayette Academy Represented at All-West District Honor Band

Jacob Cronogue represented Fayette Academy in the West Tennessee District Honor Band this past weekend.  Jacob went through an audition process in January where he competed against hundreds of clarinet students from the West Tennessee district. The audition process secured his invitation to participate in the All-West Honor Band. He placed 16th chair in the top band and spent the weekend rehearsing with other students from around the area, as well as top clinicians from around the country.

 National Signing Day

Each year high school students and colleges alike celebrate National Signing Day. National Signing Day. National Signing Day, usually the first Wednesday of February, has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport. On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Fayette Academy had the privilege of hosting three senior signings.


Signing Day began with Logan Doyle, son of Mark and Amber Doyle of Oakland, Tennessee. Logan has been a member of the Viking football team since his freshman year of high school under the guidance of Coach Vic Shivers. On National Signing Day, Logan signed his National Letter of Intent with Abilene Christian University, a private school in Abilene, Texas.



The second student to sign was Zach Doohen, son of Adam and Melissah Miller of Oakland, Tennessee. The week before, Zach made public his decision to enlist in the Tennessee Air National Guard. On Wednesday morning Staff Sergeant Davis arrived; Zach signed his papers and was sworn into the Air Guard with his family, friends, and peers proudly watching.



Maddy Pierski, daughter of Marvin and Pam Pierski of Somerville, Tennessee was the final senior to sign on Wednesday. Maddy has been an invaluable member of the Lady Viking soccer team since her freshman year of high school. On National Signing Day, Maddy signed her Letter of Intent with Christian Brothers University, a private school in Memphis, Tennessee.


Fayette Academy is so very proud of each of these students and cannot wait to see the great things they accomplish.


Every month the Rotary Club of Somerville invites two students from Fayette Academy to join Head of School, Mrs. Courtney Burnette, in representing Fayette Academy during weekly Rotary meetings. Each month a representative from the junior class and a representative from the senior class are selected as the month’s Junior Rotarians. Fayette Academy is pleased to announce the Junior Rotarians for the month of February are Jill Grant and Jon Dwyer.

Senior Jill Grant is the daughter of John Todd and Shannan Grant of Eads, Tennessee. Jill is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, ACT 30+ Club, and Fayette Academy’s Pep Club. During her junior year, Jill was also a member of the Ecology Club and Prom Committee. Jill has been an invaluable member of the Viking Band and Viking Girls Softball team since her freshman year of high school.  She plans to pursue higher education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall.

Junior Jon Dwyer is the son of Jody and Stephnie Dwyer of Eads, Tennessee. Jon has participated in Viking football, soccer, and the production of the Viking annual. This year Jon remains highly involved by taking an active role on and off stage in Fayette Academy’s theatrical productions. Jon is an active member of the National Honor Society, Ecology Club, and ACT 30+ Club.

National Merit 2017
Max Phillips named Commended Student

Fayette Academy announced today that Max Phillips has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the Head of School to this talented senior. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Congratulations Max!